Pincushion Flower, Mourning Bride
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.