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Small Scabious, Scabiosa columbaria Family: Dipsacaceae
Scabiosa columbaria     *     Small Scabious

Flowering time: July - September. Perennial

Habitat: Can be locally frequent on calcareous grasslands. Scarce in Scotland, absent from Ireland

A slender, erect plant with branched stems and stalked, irregularly lobed basal leaves. The stem leaves are deeply-pinnate with very narrow lobes. Bluish-violet flowerheads, the outer florets much larger than the inner. Corollas with five un-equal lobes. Height 15-70cm

Similar: Field Scabious, Knautia arvensis.


Small Scabious, Scabiosa columbaria       Small Scabious, Scabiosa columbaria


Small Scabious, Scabiosa columbaria

Small Scabious, Scabiosa columbaria
The Purbecks, Dorset. June 2006 and October 2012

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