Growing Scabiosa (Scabious, Pincushion Flower)

Latin Name Pronunciation: skab-ee-oh'suh   

Butterflies and bees love the pincushionlike, domed flowers of this Teasel family member, also known as Scabious. The genus, primarily Mediterranean, is of easy culture in well-drained soil and includes annuals, biennials, and perennials. Low-growing species are suitable for rock gardens while the larger ones are long-blooming additions to sunny borders and wild gardens.

Light/Watering: Full sun; allow to dry before watering; avoid winter wet. Will not thrive in hot, humid areas.

Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil. We do not recommend fertilizing at planting time or during the first growing season.

Pests/Diseases: Relatively trouble-free.

Dividing/Transplanting: Divide perennials in spring or fall every 3 years to maintain vigor.

End-of-Season Care: Cut down and remove top growth. After the ground freezes, protect plants during their first winter with a 4–6″ layer of oak leaves, pine boughs, or straw.

Calendar of Care - Scabiosa

Early Spring: Gradually remove winter cover.

Summer: Deadhead to extend the flowering season.