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Set B2 - Wild Flowers - card information

36. Saw-wort
(Serratula tinctoria L.)

36. Saw-wort

The stiff and upright saw-wort is a perennial, growing chiefly in open woodland, in rough pastures, and in some areas amongst limestone rocks. It has wiry stems, the leaves on which are finely toothed. The lower leaves are pinnately divided. Often the composite flower-heads are arranged in groups of three on the ends of the branches. The flowers are light purple, or rarely white. They open in late summer and autumn and are attractive to bees.