Small Scabious Scabiosa columbaria

Scientific Name: Scabiosa columbaria (Dipsacaceae).

English Name: Small Scabious (Teazel family).

French Name: La Scabieuse colombaire (='the Columbarium scabious').

5 Key Characters:
  • upper leaves stalkless but divided into fine lobes.
  • individual florets have 5 unequal lobes
  • fine slender plant.
  • rosette leaves long-stalked with teeth.
  • outer florets much larger than ones in the middle.

Lookalikes: Field Scabious Knautia arvensis, which is altogether coarser and more robust, with bigger flower heads and florets with 4 unequal lobes.

Habitat: Calcareous grasslands.

Flowering Period: July-August-September.

Status: Localised. Nowhere near as abundant as Field Scabious.

Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:

The upper leaves have linear lobes, including tip leaflet.

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