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Pincushion flower

Scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue'

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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 CharacteristicsDwarf habit; long blooming period; attracts butterflies; easy to grow in proper conditions.

CarePrefers 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.

PropagationSow seed in containers in a cold frame in spring or as soon as ripe. Divide plants or take cuttings in spring.

ProblemsNothing serious.

  • Genus : Scabiosa
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Uses : Containers
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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  1. user-6939394 01/30/2015

    Your Feb. 2014 article said this was a great plant to sow from seed, but all my usual sources only list plants. Please list sources with your articles!

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