Lesser Knapweed (Centaurea nigra) HP/BB/BN
Also called Common or Black Knapweed, A big favourite of bees and butterflies (Marbled White, Large and Small Skipper), a colourful, thistle-like plant with reddish-purple flowers packed onto globular flower heads. Quite a tall plant (2-3ft) and can be found growing in some profusion on hedgerows, roadsides and in meadows. Also the food plant of the Lime Speck Pug Moth and the seed ravaged by finches. Flowers June-September. Easy to grow and prefers a sunny or semi-shaded spot with fertile soil.