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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
devil's bit scabious blue ball
blue bonnets blue buttons blue caps blue kiss blue scabious curl daddy fore-bit fore-bitten-more ofbit ofbitten
Succisa are rhizomatous herbaceous perennials with simple, obovate leaves and long-stalked, solitary pale violet, pincushion-like flowerheads in late summer and autumn
S. pratensis is a perennial to 60cm, with a basal rosette of obovate leaves, with branched stems bearing solitary light purple, pincushion-like flowerheads 2cm across, in summer and autumn
Europe Africa Asia
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
MoistureMoist but well-drained, Poorly-drained
SoilLoam, Chalk, Clay
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Grows in any moist soil in sun or partial shade. Excellent for peaty bog garden. Long flowering season
Propagate by seed or basal cuttings
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Cottage & Informal Garden Wildflower meadow Wildlife Gardens
Pruning No pruning required
Pests Can be damaged by slugs
Generally disease free
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devil's bit scabious
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