Devil’s-bit Scabious (Succisa pratensis)
This lovely, late flowering grassland perennial wildflower produces purple, ‘pom-pom’ shaped flowers which are a favourite of bumblebees and butterflies. Found in the wild throughout Scotland, in damp to moderately drained grasslands in open and lightly shaded places. Flowers in late summer, early autumn. Up to 1m tall.
Sowing: Can be sown at any time of year but best in early autumn or in spring. Sow in trays or pots of moist compost and transplant to an open or lightly shaded site that does not dry out in summer, or scatter the seed directly, onto a fine-raked seed bed, firming down well. Water well and keep young plants weeded.