Knautia arvensis

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Countries: Asia, England, Europe, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Wales

Knautia arvensis is a very hardy perennial plant, which is often referred to by its common name of field scabious.  This wildflower blooms from the middle of summer until autumn, when Knautia arvensis enhances the meadows, grasslands, scrublands, and areas of waste ground, across many European countries, with its pale lilac-blue, circular, pincushion type flowers.  This is a fabulous plant for bees, butterflies, and other insects, who are particularly fond of feeding on the pollen and nectar produced by Knatia arvensis flowers.

I love growing Knautia arvensis, it’s a super plant to grow to encourage insects and wildlife into your garden.  Knautia arvensis plants are ideally suited to growing in a meadow, a herbaceous border, or any garden bed in a fairly sunny spot.  With its long flowering period, Knautia arvensis is a super plant for a front garden

This easy to grow plant needs no special care – Knautia arvensis plants are very hardy, so you won’t need to protect your plants during the wintertime.  Plants are self supporting, so you won’t need to stake your plants, they really need no special care or attention whatsoever.  As well as attracting wildlife, Knautia arvensis blooms make great cut flowers.  Regular dead-heading will prolong your Knautia arvensis plants’ flowering period.

Grow Knautia arvensis in full sunshine or partial shade, in any well-drained soil.  Sow Knautia arvensis seeds directly, where the plants are to flower, in springtime or autumn.  Knautia arvensis plants grow to around 150cm (5ft) and about 35cm (1.2ft) wide.  This is a light, floaty type of plant, with a habit somewhat similar to Verbena bonariensis.  Knautia arvensis plants produce slender, branching stems, which grow up to around 150cm (5ft), but these easy going hardy perennials with their lax, branching stems don’t block the view of any plants growing around them.

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