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Greater Knapweed
Centaurea scabiosa

Distribution:  Native perennial across the UK on grassland, road sides and cliffs. Habitat:  Grassland and hedgerows in sunny sites. It tolerates poor soils and grows well in chalky soils.
Description:  Medium to tall plant with thistle-like, dark flower heads with numerous deep pink/purple florets at the top of the flower head from July to September.  Very similar to (Lesser) Knapweed but Greater Knapweed is a larger plant and the flower heads look more ragged.
Uses:  It was used in 17th century to treat wounds, ruptures, bruises, sores, scabs and sore throats.
Wildlife:  Source of nectar for bees and butterflies and later, finches are attracted to the seed heads when ripe. 

 Sowing Instructions for Seed:  Sow seed in spring in a greenhouse or cold frame. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick them out into individual pots.  Plant the seedlings out into their final position in summer.

Our plants and seeds are of native British origin.