A durable, maintenance-free seed-grown Scabiosa with a tidy habit and pretty pincushion flowers
Soil & Site
average, well drained, never soggy
blue, lavender blue to pink flowers
10 inches tall, 8 inch spread
These perennial seeds germinate very irregularly over a long period. Lower temperatures of less than +5°C [41°F] are very effective. Seed trays should not be discarded prematurely. Constant moisture must be maintained. Do not leave in direct sunlight. (www,jelitto.com) I have also carefully divided Scabiosa.
The species is from the Caucasus Mountains.
Originated by the Jelitto Seed company Germany.
The name is derived from the stamens of the flower. They stand above the petals and resemble a pin cushion full of pins. The name Scabiosa is derived from scabies, itch; in regard to the plant's supposed properties of curing irritation of the skin.
Notes & Reference
#40-Herbaceous Ornamental Plants (Steven Stills), Jelitto Seed Company (www.jelitto.com)