Devil's-Bit Scabious Perennial Seeds

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Succisa pratensis is a perennial herb up to 1m tall, growing from a basal rosette of simple or distantly-toothed, lanceolate leaves. Its unlobed leaves distinguish it from Knautia arvensis (field scabious). The plant may be distinguished from Centaurea scabiosa (greater knapweed) by having its leaves in opposite pairs, not alternate as in knapweed. The bluish to violet (occasionally pink) flowers are borne in tight compound flower heads or capitula. Individual flowers are tetramerous, with a four-lobed epicalyx and calyx and a four-lobed corolla. Male and female flowers are produced on different flower heads (gynodioecious), the female flower heads being smaller. The flowering period in the British Isles is from June until October. 

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    Sowing; Sow in spring or autumn. Seeds are best sown directly where they are to flower in prepared ground in autumn but can also be sown into pots and placed in a coldframe in spring. Germination is usually around 2 to 4 weeks at around 18 to 21°C (65 to 70°F). but can occasionally be erratic.

    Sowing Direct; Sow thinly, 6mm (¼in) deep in drills 30cm (12in) apart, directly where they are to grow, in well-cultivated soil which has been raked to a fine tilth. Water ground regularly, especially in dry periods. When large enough to handle, thin out seedlings until they are finally 30cm (12in) apart in spring.

    Sowing Indoors; Fill pots with good, well-draining seed compost (John Innes or similar). Stand the pots in water to moisten then drain. Sow 1.5mm (1/16 inch) deep. Cover seed lightly with a fine sprinkling of sieved soil. Place in a coldframe or similar. Make sure that the compost is kept moist but not wet.

    Acclimatise young plants to outdoor conditions before planting out Prick out seedlings when large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in summer. Space the plants 30 to 60cm (12 to 24in) apart and water regularly, especially in dry periods.