Field scabious Knautia arvensis
The dainty, lilac blooms that bob on the end of long stalks, can be a common sight on wayside banks at the tail-end of summer.
The pom-pom like nature of its flower has given rise to alternative names such as 'Lady's pincushion' and 'blue bonnets'.
Widespread throughout the UK.
Grasslands, meadows, roadside banks.
Best time to see
When it flowers, between July and September.
Did you know?
Field scabious has a rough and hairy stem, similar in texture to scabby skin. This association probably led to it being used as a herb to treat scabies, mange and itches - the 'scabiosa herba' (from whence its common name derives).
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