DEVIL'S BIT SCABIOUS Scientific Name:
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- Rare - not normally cultivated.
- Perennial with spiky-looking foliage - the stems are straight, hairy and ramified in the upper part.
- The leaves are lanceolate, unevenly serrated, smooth on top and mossy below.
- Light blue-lavender blooms that resemble pincushion flowers, grow in a capitulum topping the stems.
- Height 25 – 100cm.
- Male and female flowers are produced on different heads, the female being smaller.
- The plant has dark-brown roots which are white inside and look as if it has been attacked by insects.
- It's common name is obtained from the nibbled appearance of the roots - the short black root was in folk tales bitten off by the devil, angry at the plant's ability to cure skin problems.
- Excellent bee and butterfly plant.
- Prefer sun/semi-shade and damp conditions but will tolerate drier conditions.
- Will grow in sandy, loamy and clay soil (acid, neutral to alkaline) and can grow in saline soil as well.
Medicinal Uses. It is said that:
- The whole herb is collected in early autumn and dried for later use.
- Collect the roots in autumn.
- After washing them, dry in a slow oven.
- Bitter, astringent taste with no smell.
- Infusions (tops) or decoction (roots) – to treat coughs, fevers and internal inflammations.
- Eczema and other skin problems.
- A decoction is used in compresses to apply to boils, as a cleansing wash for itching skin and as a vaginal rinse.
- A tincture of the plant is a gentle but reliable treatment for bruises, aiding quick re-absorption of the blood pigment.
- Distilled water from the plant can be used as eye lotion to treat conjunctivitis.
- A green dye is obtained from the leaves.
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