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Set B2 - Wild Flowers - card information

48. Devil's-bit Scabious
(Succisa pratensis Moench)

48. Devil's-bit Scabious

This is an antumn flowering plant, growing by road-sides and in woods, and preferring damp soil. The curious name refers to the shape of the root, which ends abruptly as if it had been bitten off. From a rosette of leaves the stems rise to about two feet high. The flower-heads, on long stalks, measure roughly an inch across. Their usual colour is a deep purplish blue, but specimens with white flowers are sometimes found.