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Pincushion
Flower

Scabiosa


Description:

These prolific plants bloom early and heavy, and continue on a lesser degree if the spent flowers are cut.  The flowers are long stemmed. The foliage is neat, forming a low mound of decorative leaves. Divide clump in spring every few years to rejuvenate the plant.
 
Common Name: Pincushion Flower
Botanical Name: Scabiosa
Type: Perennial
Soil Preference: Prefers a well-drained, alkaline soil.  Can tolerate some drought and will grow in dry to moist soils.
Light Requirements: Full Sun to light shade
Attributes: Attracts birds & butterflies, Deer resistant, Extended bloom season; Provides a source of nectar for bees and butterflies.
Pests: Spider mites, slugs, vine weevil
Diseases: Stem rot, mildew, leaf spot, anthracnose. 
Good Companion Plants: Bellflower, Daylily, Hardy Geranium, Lady's MantlePinks
Care: Divide clump in spring every few years to rejuvenate the plant.   In spring, cut back to basal foliage.  Dead-head spent flowers after blooming.  Will not tolerate hot & humid conditions.

Planting Instructions:   Perennials

 

Varieties:

This variety listing is for informational purposes only, it is not a catalog. 
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Scabiosa columbaria 'Baby Blue'
Pincushion Flower
zones 5-9
 
Description:  The rosettes of gray green leaves throw up masses of small pincushion flowers through summer.  A dwarf, prolific bloomer.
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: June-September
Foliage Color: Gray-Green
Height: 10"
Spread:  


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Scabiosa 'Beujolais Bonnets'
Pincushion Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:  Forms large bushy plants with clusters of pincushion flowers held high on wiry stems. Flowers have deep purple-burgundy centers and lighter pink-lavender outer petals. Plants require well-drained soil and do not like having wet feet over winter. 
Bloom Color: Burgundy
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 20-24"
Spread:  


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Scabiosa 'Blue Diamonds'
Pincushion Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:  An ultra dwarf Scabiosa that stands only 6 inches tall! Its small size lends itself well to container plantings. Lilac-blue, pincushion-like flowers are produced non-stop all summer long. This new selection is touted as being better than other Scabiosa hybrids. Shown planted with Bleeding Heart.
Bloom Color: Lilac blue
Bloom Time: Spring to frost
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 6"
Spread: 4"


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Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue'
Pincushion Flower
zones 5-9
 
Description:  2000 Perennial Plant of the Year! It has beautiful pastel blue flowers with overlapping, ruffled petals and pincushion-like centers, excellent for cutting.  They bloom from spring until frost and a plant in a protected spot even blooms during warm spells in winter.  The foliage is dense at the base, sparse above.
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Spring to frost
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 8-15"
Spread: 12-24"


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Scabiosa caucasica 'Perfecta Alba'
White Pincushion Flower
zones 5-9
 
Description:  Large pure white flowers bloom from June to September.
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: June-September
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 18-24"
Spread: 12-18"


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Scabiosa 'Pincushion Pink'
Pincushion Flower
zones 3-9
 
Description:  This dwarf scabiosa produces soft pink, pincushion-like flowers over a long period beginning in early summer. Plant it near the patio or in a container where you can enjoy the profusion of butterflies it will attract.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Spring to Frost
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 10"
Spread: 6-8"


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Scabiosa 'Pink Lemonade'
Pincushion Flower
zones
 
Description:  The first ever variegated scabiosa! Its green leaves have irregular yellow margins and form short, compact clumps. This sport of 'Butterfly Blue' has similarly shaped flowers but they are smaller, fragrant, and pink. Its diminutive stature makes this selection perfect for growing in containers or small gardens.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Spring to frost
Foliage Color: Variegated green & yellow
Height: 8-12"
Spread: 8"


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Scabiosa columbaria 'Pink Mist'
Pincushion Flower
zones 5-9
 
Description:  Is a lilac pink form of this champion bloomer.  This variety will tolerate partial shade. 
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Spring to Frost
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 18-24"
Spread: 15"


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Scabiosa caucasica 'Ultra Violet'
Pincushion Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:  An everblooming, dark electric violet Scabiosa that is perfect for the border or as a cut flower.  A butterfly magnet.   Thank you to Terra Nova Nurseries for use of this image.
Bloom Color: Dark blue
Bloom Time: Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 8"
Spread: 18"
 

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