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botanical name:
Succisa pratensis
Succisa pratensis © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Devil's-bit Scabious, Greim a diabhail
family:  Dipsacaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.40m
width: 0.40m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: green
flower colour: violet
main season: Summer
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -20°C
USDA zone: 5 to 9
description:
Wildflower with compact rounded heads of 4-lobed flowers, usually violet blue or sometimes pink, held on wiry stems. Rounded spear-shaped leaves.

cultivation:
Moist soil in sun or part shade. Adaptable to most soils. Will grow by the coast.

propagation:
From seed or by division.

usage:
Wildflower meadows.
Attractive to insects.
Traditional medicinal herb.

other notes:
Native to Europe, inclusing Britain. Found in meadows, hedgerows and heathland, particularly in damp conditions.

The common name comes from the bitten-off appearance of the roots.

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