Greater Knapweed - Centaurea scabies is big and showy, like a cross between a cornflower and a thistle, with whiskery petals in a whorl. It is a valuable nectar source for insects and a favourite flower of butterflies, including the Marbled White and Dark Green Fritillary. It also has therapeutic properties, and was once used in skin ointments to heal wounds and infections. Centaurea scabiosa is a truly outstanding wild flower which outshines many cultivated plants.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh was an architect, water colourist and artist born in Glasgow in 1868 and died in 1928.He represented art nouveau in the UK. In this design he takes influence from the organic, colourful work that surrounds him.