Succisa pratensis



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Succisa pratensis

Violet blue airy wands dance on top of long stems in Spring. A cloud of fluffy violet-blue pincushions hover over a small, neat clump of bright green grassy leaves on Succisa pratensis DEVIL’S BIT SCABIOSA.

Cloud of fluffy violet-blue pincushions

Succisa is adept at popping up through other plants, and giving a great show of airy blossoms, without taking up much room or care. 
So it is ideal for small gardens where some height and an airy effect is needed.

Unfussy & easy

And it is certainly a very versatile plant and worthy of greater appreciation.
Even though it is little known in Australia, it is a hardy plant well suited to temperate Australian gardens.
It is quite unfussy about where it grows.
Quite happy in Sun or Part Shade and they will even do their best in more shade.

Devilish name for a beautiful plant

Devil’s-bit scabious gets its name from the Latin word ‘Scabere’ meaning to scratch – as traditionaly it was used as a treatment for skin conditions, such as scabies and the sores of bubonic plague. Its common name arises from the fact that its roots look truncated, as if bitten off. And yes you guessed it, legend has it, by the Devil!

Growing: Succisa pratensis

– Height with flowers: 60cm approx.
– Width: 45cm approx.
– Position: Full Sun to Partial Shade. However the more Sun the plant recieves, the better it will grow and also will bloom more profusely.
– Soil: Tolerates dry conditions and additionally most soils but must be well drained.

– Fragrance: None
– Frost:
– Growth:
– Attracts: Known for attracting bees, beneficial insects, birds as well as butterflies​.

– Care: Easy to grow and care for. Cut back spent flower stems to encourage repeat blooms.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Not first choice for these pests.
– Origin: Native to Europe.


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