Attract Bees and Butterflies to your Water Garden with Succisa Pratensis

Attract Bees And Butterflies To Your Water Garden with Succisa Pratensis

Succisa Pratensis also known as (Devils Bit Scabious), is a UK native deciduous perennial.  Its natural growing habitats include damp meadows, marshes and river banks. However, the plant is quite versatile and will grow just as happily in slightly moist soil, and can often grow on the edges of deciduous woodlands.  Devils Bit Scabious likes full sun or partial shade.  It is a compact plant with low growing purple blotched leaves; its flowering stems grow to a height of 60 cm and produce pincushion shaped single violet flowers from July-November.  These plants are particularly favoured by visiting Bees and Butterflies.

Devils Bit Scabious is a member of the Honey Suckle family. Its leaves are the food plant for the larvae of the Marsh Fritillary Butterfly. Sadly, this special British Butterfly is now in decline. A good valid reason for growing and incorporating this free flowering  plant into your pond surroundings! Devils Bit Scabious has medicinal qualities and can treat skin ailments, hence the word Scabious (Scabies).   Apparently, according to folklore, the Devil was angry at the plant’s medicinal purposes and bit off the plant’s short growing roots. Hence the common name (Devils Bit Scabious).


Succisa Pratensis Peddars Pink is a lovely rare pink flowering variety. It looks great planted either on its own, or mixed with the violet native plant described above.  Purchase both varieties of these Butterfly and Bee friendly plants from our retail nursery, or you can purchase online from our website Lilies Water Gardens.

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