Centaurea scabiosa



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. Medicinally, once had a reputation as an ingredient of the Medieval ‘salve’, an ointment applied to heal wounds and treat skin infection. Easy to grow from seed at any time of year.