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Scabious - which one?

Observed: 5th August 2011 By: ChalkieChalkie’s reputation in PlantsChalkie’s reputation in PlantsChalkie’s reputation in PlantsChalkie’s reputation in Plants
5.8.11 Harbury Spoilbanks (16) Scabious
5.8.11 Harbury Spoilbanks (16) Scabious 1

I can't work out whether it's Small or Field Scabious, even though I took a separate photo of the leaves. Is there something distinctive that says one or the other? Thanks.

Species interactions

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Species with which Field Scabious (Knautia arvensis) interacts


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Scabious differences

Small Scabious has 5 unequal lobed petals. Field Scabious has petals with 4 unequal lobes

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That is field by the leaf,as the leaves on small are not as divided and much finer.The one you show is more robust.I would change to Field Scabious plus flower more dense.