Vibrant, Unexpected Color From a Classic Annual

Fine Gardening – Issue 203
pink annual flower
Photo: Rachel Warne/

While you’re perusing seed catalogs or the annual section at your local garden center this year, don’t overlook this jaw-dropping plant if you see it. ‘Fire King’ pincushion flower is a wonderful change of pace from the common pastel shades of purple, producing striking deep raspberry-red blooms in summer. Widely adored as a cut and dried flower, pincushion flower is at home in the midsection of herbaceous plantings in the company of other great cut-flower favorites such as flowering sages (Salvia spp. and cvs., Zones 3–11), yarrows (Achillea spp. and cvs., Zones 3–9), and zinnias (Zinnia elegans cvs., annual). Pincushion flower can be a rambunctious seeder in California. Plants may also need a little additional support (or a sturdy neighbor) to help keep stems upright, but the rich color that ‘Fire King’ adds to plantings as well as a vase is well worth the effort.

‘Fire King’ pincushion flower

Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Fire King’

Zones: Annual

Size: 24 to 36 inches tall and 9 to 15 inches wide

Conditions: Full sun; rich, well-drained soil

Native range: Mediterranean


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  1. EileenRay 01/22/2022

    This blog sounds great because it shows the love and prosperity to this unusual garden and now it's easier to pay to write research paper at site for unique task. Even I’ve seen this garden’s pictures, it’s absolutely amazing. So thanks for presenting the blog about this amazing garden.

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