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Field Scabious (Knautia arvenis)


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As many as 50 individual flowers may make up the flower head. The flowers are lilac or blue and have four equal petals. It grows in dry fields and on grassy banks. If flowers July to September. The green leaves, which become progressively more devided towards ther top of the stem, provide food for several species of caterpillar. To prevent self-pollination the male stamens wither before the female stigmas mature. The plant got its name as the juice was once used to cure scabies. Picture taken 1st July near Carlton, Bedfordshire.

7th Sep 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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