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PlantFiles: Sheep's Bit Scabious, Sheep Scabious
Jasione laevis

Family: Campanulaceae (kam-pan-yew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Jasione (jas-ee-OH-nee) (Info)
Species: laevis (LEE-viss) (Info)

Synonym:Jasione perennis
Synonym:Jasione montana

7 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


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Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

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Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive colchie On Jan 20, 2008, colchie from Vashon, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I first met this little lovely on the west coast of Ireland, where it would grow out in the sun on the cliffs. I brought home some seed to Montana and it grew there, usually as a biennial. I have brought it now to Vashon, where it is thriving in full sun, and withstood a summer of neglect. Clouds of baby blue spherical flowerheads. Sort of like blue "thrift"

Neutral Baa On Aug 12, 2001, Baa wrote:

Small scabious like flower which is unrelated to the scabious family, has almost spherical flower heads of bright blue.

From the downlands of Southern England and South West Europe, this small plant is very choosy about its situation. While classed as a perennial it is often a biennial and an annual depending on its situation, its preference is for dry open grassland on lime or sandy soil. Its a valuable nectar plant for bees and butterflies alike.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Missoula, Montana
Portland, Oregon
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Kalama, Washington
Lake Stevens, Washington
Vashon, Washington

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