Field Scabious or Gipsy Rose – an ‘insect plant’ par excellence
Often seen in well-drained, calcareous grassy habitats, such as limestone grasslands or even road verges, the Field Scabious is a familiar and beautiful plant that supports a large number of insect species. Richard Jefferson explores the biology, ecological importance and status of the Field Scabious, and the insects that are associated with it.
In summer, many grassy waysides in lowland Britain are graced by the beautiful bluish-lilac flowers of Field Scabious Knautia arvensis. Many commentators have remarked on the attractiveness and vibrancy of the distinctive pincushion-like lilac flowers, which add a late-summer splash of colour to meadows and verges.