Scabiosa caucasica, S. columbaria, S. japonica var. alpina
HOUSE'S HYBRIDS Scabiosa Scabiosa caucasica
House's Hybrids scabiosa produces a continuous supply of large, 3″ pincushion-type flowers on long, wiry stems from June, right up until frost. Blooms attract butterflies, are superb for cutting. Flowers are in shades of lavender, light to deep blue and silver white. Plants grow 2-3′ tall, are winter hardy to zone 3.
BLUE NOTE Scabiosa Scabiosa columbaria
Full, low-growing, compact plants freely produce large, 2″ blooms atop 8-10″ long stems. Grow Blue Note scabiosa, in containers, rock gardens, or mixed borders. Plants flower June to October, are winter hardy to zone 5.
DIAMOND PINK Scabiosa Scabiosa japonica var. alpina
Genetically dwarf, heavy-blooming, 12″ tall plants spread to 18″ across, produce soft-pink flowers the first year, from June to September. Winter hardy to zones 5 and above, Diamond Pink scabiosa can be grown as an annual everywhere.
FAMA DEEP BLUE Scabiosa Scabiosa caucasica
Largest, darkest-blue, perennial scabiosa flower. The giant, 4″ blooms on long, 12″ stems, are long-lasting cut flowers. Bloom begins in midsummer, lasts into fall. Fama Deep Blue is an easy to grow, 20″ tall perennial; plants will tolerate heat, humidity, and drought. Fama Deep Blue scabiosa ranks with Echinacea 'Magnus Superior' as one of the finest performing garden perennials. Winter hardy to zone 4.
How to Plant Scabiosa Seeds
Sow scabiosa seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil, do not cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 70° F., germination is in 10-20 days. Can direct sow scabiosa seeds into prepared seed beds in groups of 3-4 seeds, spaced 12-18″ apart. Thin to the strongest plant.
Growing Scabiosa: Full sun, part shade in hottest climates. Moderate to regular water, with good drainage. Flowers attract bees, butterflies, are excellent for cutting. Plants resist deer and rabbits.