Plant of the Month - September
Each month we feature a picture of a plant growing on The Commons. All plants featured have been photographed here. This month, we are featuring Devil's Bit Scabious.
This dainty little plant adds a welcome splash of colour in damp meadows just as thoughts turn to Autumn. With its bobbing purple- blue pincushion flowers it has earned the nickname of Bobby bright buttons. Devil’s-bit has long been associated with folk medicine including the treatment of scabies and dog bites. Its name is thought to derive from this medicinal value. It has a thick root that ends abruptly and was said to have been bitten off by the devil who resented its special qualities.
Pollen evidence suggests that along with meadowsweet (July plant of the month), devil's bit is the oldest of our native meadow flowers. They date back more than 70,000 years and have persisted despite several glaciations in that time.
Before someone asks, no they were not trodden on by dinosaurs. They became extinct 65 million years ago.
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