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Scabiosa columbaria

Scabiosa columbaria


Tufted perennial to 80 cm tall with short hairs. The leaves are mostly basal and markedly dimorphic, ranging from sword-shaped to incised. The white to mauve flowers occur in heads on a peduncle from August to February. The calyx has 5 long needle-like protrusions.

This species is indigenous, but occurs throughout Africa, Europe and Asia.

Distribution in the Hex

Rocky slopes of Hex River Arid Alluvium Fynbos.


  • Manning, J. & Goldblatt, P. 2012. Plants of the Greater Cape Floristic Region 1: the Core Cape flora, Strelitzia 29. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.