New! Scabiosa atropurpurea 'Black Knight'
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Scabiosa atropurpurea 'Black Knight'

New! Scabiosa atropurpurea 'Black Knight'

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Common Name: Pincushion Flower
Hardiness Zone: Annual Exposure: Sun
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Blooms In: Jun-Oct
Mature Height: 32-40" Spacing: 12-18"
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: 1 PINT 28.86 CU IN.
Fragrance: Yes
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A favorite with English gardeners (and pollinators) since the 1600s, Scabiosa atropurpurea 'Black Knight' adds dramatically dark color, an irresistible pincushion form, and the subtle, sweet scent of honey to sunny borders and cutting gardens. The ornamental beaded buds of this Pincushion Flower open in a shade of maroon so dark that in some lights the blossoms may appear black. (Hence this plant’s British nicknames 'Blackmoor's Beauty' and 'Mournful Widow.') But there is nothing mournful here. Each flower is highlighted by tiny lavender pin-like stamens. Bouquet-makers, don’t even try to resist. Splendid for cutting and if deadheaded regularly, the plants flower over a long season from late spring into fall.

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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.