A range of flowers in Colins Paddock

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Greater Knapweed - Centaurea scabiosa

Themarbledwhite_on_grknapweed_crop_250 Greater Knapweed is a tall plant (up to 90cm) with eye-catching flowers. It is a favourite nectar source of the Marbled White butterfly, and is very valuable to bees.

Upright branched stems terminate in single thistle-like flowerheads, each having an outer ring of extended, purple-pink "ragged" bracts which form a crown around the central flowers. The plant has deeply dissected leaves which form a clump at the base.


July 2019

See also...

Report of the visit from Cambridge Natural History Society in August 2017


News about a visit by the local branch of Butterfly Conservation charity taking place in August 2016


News about the very special area of Colin's Bank, published in February 2015

Pasque Flower

One of our Friends sent us this beautiful picture of some Pasque Flowers taken in amongst the Cowslips in May 2016.pasqueflower_jb_may2016_crop_453

Photo by Jill Butler