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Knautia arvensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Dipsacales
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Genus: Knautia

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Knautia is a genus in the family Caprifoliaceae.[1] The common names of these flowers are a variant of "widow flower." Others are given the name "Scabious," although this word belongs to a related genus (Scabiosa).

Species include:

  • Knautia arvensis - Meadow Widow Flower, Blue Buttons, Field Scabious
  • Knautia carinthiaca
  • Knautia drymeia - Hungarian Widow Flower
  • Knautia kitaiebellii
  • Knautia longifolia - Long Leaf Widow Flower
  • Knautia macedonica
  • Knautia maxima - Forest Widow Flower
  • Knautia norica
  • Knautia persicina

The name Knautia comes from the 17th-century German botanists, Drs. Christoph and Christian Knaut.[2]

A species that remains green through winter


  1. ^ "Knautia", The Plant List (version 1.1), retrieved 2014-09-19 
  2. ^ The Plant Lover's Companion: Plants, People & Places by Julia Brittain