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  • noun Plural form of knapweed.


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  • This was thanks to the hot dry spring, which has triggered an early flush of high-summer flowers: foxgloves, thistles and knapweeds, clovers and vetches.

    Plantwatch: high summer comes early 2011

  • The thistles, knapweeds and willowherbs are truer purple, but the bluish nettle-leaved bellflowers and field scabious are also tinged with that mysterious shadow which has more to do with night than golden day.

    Country diary: Wenlock Edge 2011

  • As the pulse of late summer purples through thistles, knapweeds, wild basil and marjoram, flowers are crowded with butterflies, bumblebees and hoverflies.

    Country diary: Wenlock Edge 2010

  • Their timing seemed based on the height of the great drifts of yellow, sweetly scented lady's bedstraw and the bold purple of the black and greater knapweeds.

    Country diary 2010

  • "I said go home, sir," said the doctor sternly; and Bob turned short upon his heel, and I saw him go along the road cutting viciously at the ferns and knapweeds at every step.

    Devon Boys A Tale of the North Shore George Manville Fenn 1870

  • The wasps were working at the pine boughs high overhead; the bees by dozens were crowding to the bramble flowers; swarming on them, they seemed so delighted; humble-bees went wandering among the ferns in the copse and in the ditches -- they sometimes alight on fern -- and calling at every purple heath-blossom, at the purple knapweeds, purple thistles, and broad handfuls of yellow-weed flowers.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies 1867

  • I used to stand by the mower and follow the scythe sweeping down thousands of the broad-flowered daisies, the knotted knapweeds, the blue scabious, the yellow rattles, sweeping so close and true that nothing escaped; and, yet although I had seen so many hundreds of each, although

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies 1867

  • Some knotty knapweeds stay in out-of-the-way places, where the scythe has not been; some bunches of mayweed, too, are visible in the corners of the stubble.

    Nature Near London Richard Jefferies 1867

  • Purple heathbells gleam from shrub-like bunches dotted along the slope; purple knapweeds lower down in the grass; blue scabious, yellow hawkweeds where the soil is thinner, and harebells on the very summit; these are but a few upon which the eye lights while gliding by.

    Nature Near London Richard Jefferies 1867

  • And the last foxglove-bells are nearly fallen; and over all my fields and by the brooksides are coming up the burdock, and the coarse and vainly white aster, and the black knapweeds; and there is only one flower left to be loved among the grass, -- the soft, warm-scented Brunelle.

    Proserpina, Volume 2 Studies Of Wayside Flowers John Ruskin 1859


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