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Scabiosa Scabiosa atropurpurea

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
scah-bee-OH-sah ah-tro-pur-pur-EE-ah
Description

The Pincushion Flower gets its name because it resembles a pincushion loaded with needles.  It grows best in cooler climates, it does not perform at its best in areas that experience high temperatures and humidity.  Grow in rich, alkaline soil high in organic matter.  Provide good drainage, as it will not tolerate wet feet.  It makes a good cut flower.  Deadheading will prolong bloom period, however, leaving the spent blooms on the plant may add interest to your garden.  

It is typically grown as an annual, however it may persist as a perennial in locations where winters remain mild.  Where conditions are ideal, it can naturalize.

Insects, Diseases and Other Plant Problems:  Due to its long stalk, this plant may need support or staking to keep an upright habit.  Aphids and mites are minor issues.  To prevent root rot, ensure that this plant is situated in an area with good drainage.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Ace of Spades'
    Highly fragrant, double flowers, up to 3' tall.
'Ace of Spades'
Tags:
#bees#hummingbirds#fragrant flowers#annual#drought tolerant#cut flowers#beneficial insects#deer resistant#annual flowers#cutting garden#heat intolerant#humidity intolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Ace of Spades'
    Highly fragrant, double flowers, up to 3' tall.
'Ace of Spades'
Tags:
#bees#hummingbirds#fragrant flowers#annual#drought tolerant#cut flowers#beneficial insects#deer resistant#annual flowers#cutting garden#heat intolerant#humidity intolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Scabiosa
    Species:
    atropurpurea
    Family:
    Caprifoliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mediterranean
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Mounding
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Gold/Yellow
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Blooms from summer to frost on 2' stems that are above the cushion of foliage.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblong
    Pinnatifid
    Spatulate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    The basal leaves are
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Meadow
    Patio
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought