Knautia arvensis

Field Scabious

This plant attracts the following butterflies:

Gatekeeper, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, White Letter Hairstreak

Memorable digital images of 2003:

thumbnail link Gatekeeper. July 27.

thumbnail link Small Tortoiseshell. August 5.

thumbnail link Six spot Burnet Moth. July 22. Sapperton Valley.

Slides from 2003:

Knautia - Field Scabious Meadow Brown. Uley, Gloucestershire. July 12.

Knautia - Field Scabious Marbled White. Uley, Gloucestershire. July 12.

past image:

White-letter Hairstreak White Letter Hairstreak. 7 August 2001.


This is an English wildflower which is worthy of inclusion in the garden. It's possible to buy cultivated Scabious plants of different colours: maroon and cream are ones that I have seen. They are also attractive to butterflies.

The great news is that slugs and snails are not keen on these plants, which makes them especially useful in the garden.

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Plant Type: perennial, wildflower

Flowers from June to October.

Height: 30cm

Habitat is limestone grassland.

This page last updated April 18, 2004