West Highland Flora

Devilsbit Scabious


Succisa pratensis

 

Succisa pratensis

Photo Carl Farmer
18 Aug 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye

Very common in moorland, grassland and heathery ground.

Flowerhead diameter c 1.5-2.5 cm

ID: All the florets in each head approximately the same size, and with (almost) equal-sized petals.  (Field Scabious, Knautia arvensis, has the outer florets considerably enlarged, especially in their outer petals).  Has linear bracts below the flowerheads, unlike Sheepsbit which has broadly triangular ones.

Other features: Individual flowers 4-lobed.  Some plants are hermaphrodite (like one on left), others wholly female.  Flowers normally blue but occasionally pink.

 

Succisa pratensis

Photo Carl Farmer
1 Sep 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye

  Succisa pratensis

Photo Carl Farmer
25 Aug 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye

Above: Growing on top of sea stack
Left: Pink-flowered form