Irish wildflowers BSBI map

Devil's-bit Scabious, Succisa pratensis, Odhrach bhallach

Devil's-bit Scabious
Succisa pratensis
Odhrach bhallach
Family: Dipsacaceae

Flowering time: July - October. Perennial / biennial. Native.

Flowers are blue-mauve with short outer florets surrounded by involucral bracts. The stalked leaves are oval-lanceolate, shallow-toothed or entire and grow mainly near base of plant. The erect stems are usually sparsely hairy. Height: 40-120cm.

Widespread throughout Ireland on damp ground in fields and on roadsides, heaths and cut-away bogs.

Similar: Field Scabious, Knautia arvensis


Devils-bit Scabious, Succisa pratensis, Odhrach bhallach

Devils-bit Scabious, Succisa pratensis, Odhrach bhallach
Devil's-bit Scabious, Succisa pratensis, Odhrach bhallach
Photographs: Co. Cork

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