Saw-wort

Serratula tinctoria

About

A member of the daisy family, similar to thistle but without spines. It gets its name from the shape of the leaves.

How to identify

Medium height plant, purple-flowered, with finely saw-toothed leaves.

Where to find it

England and Wales, particularly in the southwest.

Habitats

When to find it

  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October

How can people help

Saw-wort is a component of old unimproved hay meadows, fast declining through agricultural improvement, diffuse pollution and fragmentation. By being a member of your local Wildlife Trust you can help us protect our existing nature reserves, purchase new sites and advise landowners on how to sympathetically manage their hay meadows.

Species information

Common name
Saw-wort
Latin name
Serratula tinctoria
Category
Wildflowers
Statistics
Can grow to one metre tall, although usually shorter.