Germination: sow seed 1/16" deep, tamp the soil, lightly mulch the seed bed.
Introducing the stunning Succisa pratensis, also known as Devil's Bit Scabious or Devilsbit. This flowering plant is a member of the Dipsacaceae family and is native to Europe, north Africa, north Turkey, and western Siberia. Succisa pratensis thrives on damper ground, forming a basal rosette of simple or distantly-toothed, lanceolate leaves. Its unique 4-lobed flowers distinguish it from other similar species such as Small Scabious and Field Scabious, which have 5 lobes. The plant provides an important source of nectar for insects, and it is the larval food plant for the rare Marsh Fritillary butterfly and Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth. The tender young shoots are sometimes added to spring salads, and the plant's survival relies on careful management of sites containing these species. Add this beautiful and functional flowering plant to your garden, and enjoy its unique aesthetic and ecological benefits.