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

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Zone
Zones A1-A3, 1-45, H1, H2
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Scabiosa atropurpurea

Pincushion Flower, Mourning Bride
Dipsacaceae
Annuals, Perennials

SCABIOSA

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.

 

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