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SMALL SCABIOUS Scabiosa columbaria (Dipsacaceae) Height to 65cm. Upright and branching perennial of calcareous grassland. FLOWERS are bluish-violet, and borne in compact heads, 2-3cm across, outer flowers larger than inner ones (Jun-Sep). FRUITS are dry and papery. LEAVES comprise pinnately lobed basal leaves in a rosette, and narrow-lobed stem leaves.