Scabiosa atropurpurea L.


Sp. Pl. 100 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect herb to c. 1 m tall; stems striate or ribbed, with sparse appressed hairs. Leaves basal and cauline; basal leaves oblanceolate-spathulate, to 12 cm long and 3 cm wide, margins entire or toothed, long-petiolate; cauline leaves smaller, deeply pinnatifid, sessile. Heads terminal, subglobose in flower, ovoid in fruit, 1–3 cm long, c. 1 cm diam.; involucral bracts linear, 5–20 mm long, leafy; receptacle bracts linear-lanceolate, not pungent. Corolla 8–22 mm long, white to dark purplish, lobes 1–5 mm long. Cypselas narrow-ellipsoid, 8-ribbed in lower part, enclosed in epicalyx. Flowers mainly spring and summer (sporadically throughout the year).

*Brid, *DunT, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *HSF, *LoM, *MuM, *OtP, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Also naturalised in WA, SA, NSW, ACT, Tas. Native to the Mediterranean region. A commonly grown ornamental that has become naturalised in disturbed sites mostly in western Victoria.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Dipsacaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-18
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Dipsacales
family Dipsacaceae
genus Scabiosa
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Scabiosa atropurpurea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Scabiosa atropurpurea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present introduced
Murray Mallee present introduced
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Bridgewater present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory