Scabious and Knautia are two members of the Teasel family that have found a home in my rockery. But today, as I join Kimberley at Cosmos and Cleome for her Thursday meme, I am featuring another member of this family – the relatively unknown Succisella inflexa (Moorabbiss), almost the same as Succisa inflexa.
It starts flowering in July or August and will continue until the first frost. Like Scabious, the bees and butterflies love it…
The buds are slightly pink, the flowers icy white, with just a tinge of violet to them.
Succisa plants are supposedly happiest on damp ground or wet meadows… well, this year they have certainly had more rain than usual, but I have had several beautiful, healthy plants thriving on dry, well-drained soil in the full sun in drought years too! However, I should point out that mine is a cultivated specimen: Succisella inflexa “Frosted Pearls”, which differs from the wild ones in that it is a little shorter (about 2ft high), and has longer leaves.
I love this plant for its dainty petals and delicate colour.
It is not invasive in my garden, but is easy to remove if it seeds itself where not wanted. It is very hardy, tolerates heat and drought as well as poor soil, and needs no special care – perfect for the middle of the inaccessible parts of the rockery. (The slugs and snails also pay it no attention).
Do visit Kimberley to see what she has featured this week, and why not join in too!