|Scientific name:||Knautia arvensis (L.) Coult.|
|Synonym name:||Scabiosa arvensis L., Trichera arvensis (L.) Schrad.|
|English name:||Field Scabious||Plant Family:||Dipsacaceae, Åkerväddar, Teasel family|
|Stems:||Round, slightly branched, 60-90 cm high, somewhat coarse with short, whitish hairs and rather bare of leaves, except at the base|
|Leaves:||Basal rosette, compound. The leaves at the stem are opposite, the lower ones have petioles, are of a lanceolate shape, have serrate margins and are often pinnate.The middle and upper leaves are sessile, pinnate with 3 - 6 segments at each side|
|Fruits:||Rather large, somewhat four-cornered and crowned by several short, bristly hairs that radiate from its summit|
|Habitat:||Woods, thickets, pastureland, meadows, farmland and settlements|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Knautia, the genus, dedicated to Christoph Knaut (1638-1694), German botanist and doctor and his brother Christian (1654-1715).
arvensis, "of planted fields".
Scabiosa, Latin scabies, "the itch," which the rough (scurfy) leaves might have been used to cure.