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Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Fire King’
Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Fire King’

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Scabiosa

Pincushion Flower
Dipsacaceae
Annuals, Perennials

Resembling a pincushion full of needles, each Scabiosa flower has stamens that protrude well beyond the curved flower heads. 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

Annual in most zones, may persist as a perennial where winters are mild. May also be sold as S. grandiflora. From southern Europe. Grows to 2 1/2–3 ft. tall and 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, and white. ‘Black Knight’ has deep maroon flowers that are almost black. Double Mixed strain reaches 3 ft. high; Dwarf Double Mixed grows to 1 1/2 ft. high. Attracts birds.

 

Scabiosa columbaria
Scabiosa columbaria

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Scabiosa columbaria

Perennial, native to Europe, Africa, and Asia. Grows to 2 ft. tall and wide. Finely cut gray-green leaves. Flowers to 3 in., in lavender-blue, pink, or white; almost all year in mildest areas. ‘Butterfly Blue’ (deep lavender-blue) and ‘Pink Mist’ (bright pink) are superior selections.

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