Devil's Bit Scabious (Succisa pratensis) HP/BB/BN
One of our loveliest meadow flowers and also a real magnet for wildlife. No other plant attracts so many butterflies and bees in late summer (important for e.g the Marsh Fritillary). It is a caterpillar food for many species and when it goes to seed, the birds have a picnic! The strange name derives from a story of how the Devil, out of envy for the virtues of the plant, bit off the root to try to stop the plant growing. Luckily he didn't succeed! A very adaptable plant growing in heavy or light soils, in a garden border or in naturalised grass. Its dense bushy shape make it a good weed suppressor/groundcover in cultivated soil. Flowers appear July to September. Ht 2-4ft. Prefers a rich moist soil but will adapt to dry situations, also grows amongst grass. Common throughout the whole of the British Isles.