Centaurea scabiosa


Common Name: Greater Knapweed



Asteraceae (family name)
Forage for pollinators: Produces Pollen and Nectar for Honeybees, Bumblebees and many other bees and Butterflies and Flies. The marbled white butterfly (Melanargia galathea) sometimes gathers on the flower heads. Pollinated by bees and butterflies.
Flowering time: July, August, September.
Growing information: NATIVE PERENNIAL WILDFLOWER growing to 0.9 m (3ft). Often found in dry, chalky, grassy fields, woodland edges and rough ground, but is tolerant of a wide range of soils including heavy clay and acid soil if well-drained, but prefers to be grown surrounded by grasses or ground cover. Medicinally, once had a reputation as an ingredient of the Medieval ‘salve’, an ointment applied to heal wounds and treat skin infection. Germination can be erratic and growth is slow, best sown in Autumn.