Field Scabious Seeds - Knautia arvensis - Native Wildflower

Type: Perennial
Approximate height: Up to 1m
Flowering Time: June to October
Site and soil type: Prefers well drained soil in sun or semi-shade
When to sow: Spring, summer or early autumn
Where to sow: Outside, direct into soil or under cover, into trays, modules or pots.
Packet contents: Approximately 50 seeds / 0.4 g

Also known as Lady’s Cushion or Purple Buttons, Field Scabious is a clump forming plant with lilac-blue flowers in summer from June until October.

It is a valuable nectar source for pollinators and some bird species eat the seeds.

Field Scabious  attracts / provides food for the following creatures:

  • Marsh Fritillary butterfly πŸ›
  • Hoverflies
  • Bees
  • Moths including Marbled Clover moth πŸ›, Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth πŸ›,  Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet moth πŸ¦‹ and Six-spot Burnet mothπŸ¦‹ 
  • πŸ¦‡
  • πŸ¦‡ (RHS)
  • Linnets and other finches will take the seeds
  • An "RHS Plants for Pollinators" plant **

All our seed packets include sowing instructions.

Jemima’s Garden seeds are plastic free and reyclable. They’re contained in an inner glassine envelope, (made from pine wood cellulose), and an outer Kraft paper seed packet. Any shipping packaging is also plastic free and recyclable.

Key to symbols:

πŸ› A food plant for the caterpillar

πŸ¦‹ Provides nectar for the adult moth or butterfly

πŸ¦‡ Listed in: Bat Conservation Trust Encouraging bats, A guide for bat-friendly gardening and living

πŸ¦‡ (RHS)  Listed in the RHS Plants for Bats list

** RHS Plants for Pollinators. The RHS Plants for Pollinators mark is only given to plants that support pollinating insects. Find out more at

** The Royal Horticultural Society, and its logo, are trade marks of The Royal Horticultural Society (Registered Charity No 222879/SC038262) and used under licence.