Stamens protrude beyond curved surface of flower head, giving illusion of pins stuck into a cushion. Bloom begins in midsummer, continues until frost if flowers are deadheaded or cut regularly. Good in mixed or mass plantings. Excellent cut flowers.Scabiosa atropurpurea
From southern Europe. Grows 2 1/2 to 3 ft. tall, 1 ft. wide. Oblong, coarsely toothed leaves. Many long, wiry stems carry flowers to 2 in. or more wide, in colors from blackish purple to salmon pink, rose, white.
Native to Europe, Africa, Asia. To 2 ft. high and wide. Finely cut gray-green leaves. Flowers to 3 in., in lavender blue, pink, or white; almost all year in mildest areas.
Native to South Africa. Reedlike plant to 6 ft. tall and 4 ft.wide; looks something like a big, feathe...
Ardent collectors and shade garden enthusiasts sometimes attempt the many species offered by specialis...
Native to Africa. Grows 20 to 30 ft. high and wide. Produces offshoots, forming picturesque clumps wit...