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Scabiosa

Scabiosa (skay-bee-oh-suh) scabious, morning bride, pincushion flower; Dipsacaceae Family. Mostly hardy perennials, Scabiosa comes in shades of white, pink, yellow, blue, and very dark reds and purples. Last well when cut, is easily grown in ordinary garden soil and full sun.

Scabiosa columbaria (kol-lum-bay-ree-uh) perennials from the Old World, 1 to 2 feet tall, with blue florets in globe-shaped clusters, 1 ½ inch across, blooming all summer. Good branching habit of growth.

Scabiosa's, Pincushion Flower nickname comes from its outer ring of frilly, flat, petals and a paler domed center cushion with protruding stamens, similar to pins in a pincushion.

Plant is easy to grow in average, medium, well-drained soil; however it is intolerant of wet soils, especially in winter. A light mulch and regular water during summer will improve performance. Performs best in full sun; it does tolerate part shade, particularly in hot summer zones.

Deadheading spent flowers to encourage additional bloom will attract more butterflies and hummingbirds. Excellent in rock gardens, borders and container gardens, and a long-lasting cut flower. Disease resistant.

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