from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant, Jasione montana: so called, according to Prior, to distinguish it from the devil's-bit scabious. The name is somewhat extended to other species of the genus. See Jasione. Also called sheep's-scabious.


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  • The edge of the common is a bulwark of tightly interlocked stones on a foundation of unwieldy boulders, all clothed in lichen and flowering stonecrop with blue sheep's-bit, ling and bilberry.

    Country diary: North Hill, Cornwall

  • Blue flowers are especially attractive to bees and other hymenoptera (though they frequent flowers of all colours), no less than sixty-seven species of this order having been observed to visit the common "sheep's-bit" (Jasione montana).

    Darwinism (1889)


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