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:

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
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