Greater knapweed

Currently flowering in the wildlife garden within the Walled Garden is greater knapweed, a member of the daisy family, that has a thistle-like appearance but does not have spines. It grows on roadside verges, woodland edges, hedgerows and rough ground.

The large pink-purple ‘flowers’ that appear from June to September are composed of many small florets, with large, ragged rays of florets around the edges. In common with other members of the daisy family, they are an important food source for a wide range of insects including butterflies and bees, later in the year the seed heads attract goldfinches.

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