A British native of clay soils and meadows. Black buds opening to deep pink blooms in summer.
A tough, attractive, and easily grown hardy perennial native flower. It's a superb wildlife plant as the flowers are rich in nectar and pollen, and attract bees, butterflies, and moths, while the seed heads are popular with seed-eating birds such as goldfinches.
Grow in a wildflower meadow or wildlife area or in a bed or border.
Traditionally, eligible young women would play a love-divination game by pulling out the rays and putting the plucked knapweed flower in their blouse. When as-yet unopened florets began to bloom it would tell her the man of her dreams was near. The flower was also used to heal cuts and bruises.
Height and Spread: 50cm x 30cm.
Common names: Common Knapweed; Black Knapweed; Chimney Sweep's Brushes; Bull Thistle; Drummer Heads; Shaving Brush; Hardheads.