Pincushion flower

Scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue'

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Pincushion flower (Scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue')
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Synonyms:  S. columbaria 'Butterfly Blue'
Genus:  Scabiosa
This Scabiosa cultivar is a compact perennial with gray-green leaves and a long bloom period featuring pretty lavender-blue flowers that look like pincushions surrounded by frilly petals. It's nice when used as edging or in large groups in borders or rock gardens.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Dwarf habit; long blooming period; attracts butterflies; easy to grow in proper conditions.
Care:  Prefers medium, well-drained soil in full sun, but tolerates part shade, particularly in the deep South. Intolerant of wet soils, especially in winter. Deadhead to encourage additional bloom. Divide and replant in fresh soil every 3 years.
Propagation:  Sow seed in containers in a cold frame in spring or as soon as ripe. Divide plants or take cuttings in spring.
Problems:  Nothing serious.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Fall,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Blue Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Container
Style
Cottage Garden,
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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