It can flower from July to October. Although liking moist ground, it also succeeds on grasslands and wastelands. It is found in damp locations in meadows, stream banks, rocky grasslands on calcareous to slightly acid soils.
Grass growth needs to be restricted by either grazing or low fertility. It can be cut back in the spring and, if necessary, again in the Autumn. In the designed landscape the Devils Bit Scabious is valuable for its late flowering season, attractive flowers and long life.
Devil's Bit Scabious attracts many butterflies and is favoured for nectar by Tortoiseshells, Peacock and Brimstone, amongst others, and Marsh Fritillary as the larval host plant - and nearly all types of bees.