Devils-bit Scabious | Succisa pratensis

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1x plug plant (approx. 2-5cm above ground, 15cm of root structure below ground)

Welcome the charm of Devil’s-bit Scabious (Succisa pratensis) to your garden. With clusters of violet-blue blooms atop slender stems, this perennial beauty stands at 30 to 60 centimeters, adding elegance to meadows and damp grasslands. Adored by pollinators, its nectar-rich flowers attract bees and butterflies, contributing to biodiversity. Resilient and adaptable, Devil’s-bit Scabious thrives in various soils.

A late-season delight, this wildflower is a must for nature lovers seeking easy-to-grow, low-maintenance beauty. Elevate your outdoor space with the allure of Devil’s-bit Scabious, celebrating its unique appearance and ecological significance.


Botanical Information: Devils-bit Scabious

Devils-bit Scabious (Succisa pratensis) is a perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the honeysuckle family. With its distinctive violet-blue flowerheads arranged in compact clusters atop slender stems, this wildflower graces meadows and damp grasslands. Growing to heights of 30 to 60 centimetres, Devils-bit Scabious exhibits a unique truncated appearance, lacking the typical long taproot found in related species.


Thriving in damp to wet conditions, this delightful plant is commonly found in meadows, marshes, and open woodlands. This adaptable wildflower prefers neutral to acidic soils, contributing to its widespread distribution across the UK. Its ability to tolerate a range of moisture levels and soil types makes it a versatile and resilient presence in various ecosystems.

Benefits to Wildlife

Devils-bit Scabious is a vital resource for pollinators, attracting bees, butterflies, and hoverflies with its nectar-rich flowers. As a late-blooming wildflower, it provides essential sustenance for insects in late summer and early autumn when other food sources may be scarce. The plant’s importance in supporting pollinators contributes to the overall health and biodiversity of local ecosystems.

Conservation Status in the UK

With a stable conservation status, devil’s-bit scabious is well-established and widespread in the UK. Its adaptability to different habitats and roles as a nectar source contribute to its stable presence. Conservation efforts often focus on maintaining and restoring meadow habitats to ensure the continued success of this valuable wildflower.

Ease of Growing

Devils-bit Scabious is generally easy to grow, particularly in moist and well-drained soils. Whether in gardens, meadows, or naturalistic landscapes, this wildflower adds a touch of late-season beauty. Its preference for damp conditions should be considered when cultivating it, but once established, this scabious is a low-maintenance and rewarding addition to diverse outdoor spaces.

In conclusion, devils-bit scabious (Succisa pratensis) stands as a symbol of late-summer beauty. It is celebrated for its unique appearance and ecological contributions. From its compact violet-blue flowerheads to its resilience in diverse habitats, this wildflower enriches landscapes, providing both visual appeal and essential support for pollinators. With its adaptability and ease of cultivation, devil’s-bit scabious remains a cherished choice for those seeking a vibrant and ecologically valuable addition to their outdoor havens.

More Information


The Wildlife Trusts

Species From the Same Habitat

Bell Heather | Erica cinerea

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Great Wood-rush | Luzula sylvatica


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Weight 1 kg


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