Scabiosa caucasica, S. columbaria, S. japonica var. alpina
FAMA DEEP BLUE Scabiosa Scabiosa caucasica
Largest, darkest blue scabiosa. Giant 4 inch flowers on long 12 inch stems from midsummer into fall. They are long-lasting cut flowers. Easy to grow plants reach 20 inches tall; they tolerate heat, humidity, and drought. Fama Deep Blue ranks with Echinacea 'Magnus Superior' as one of the finest performing garden perennials. Winter hardy to zone 4.
HOUSE'S HYBRIDS Scabiosa Scabiosa caucasica
Produces a continuous supply of large, 3 inch pincushion type flowers on long, wiry stems from June right up until frost. They attract butterflies and are superb for cutting. Colors include shades of lavender, light to deep blue and silver-white. Grows 2-3 feet tall. Winter hardy to zone 3.
BLUE NOTE Scabiosa Scabiosa columbaria
Full, low growing, compact plants freely produce large, 2 inch blooms atop 8-10 inch stems. Grow in containers, rock gardens, or the front of mixed borders. Blooms June to October. Plants require good drainage. A winter hardy perennial to zone 5.
DIAMOND PINK Scabiosa Scabiosa japonica var. alpina
Genetically dwarf, heavy blooming, 12 inch tall plants, spread to 18 inches across, and produce soft pink flowers the first year from June to September. Winter hardy to zones 5 and above, Diamond Pink can be grown as an annual in zones 4 and below.
How to Plant Scabiosa Seeds
Sow seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil but do not cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 70° F., germination is in 10-20 days for Scabiosa caucasica and 21-40 days for scabiosa ochroleuca. Can direct sow into prepared seed beds in groups of 3-4 seeds, spaced 12-18 inches apart. Thin to the strongest plant.
Growing Scabiosa: Full sun, part shade in hottest climates. Moderate to regular water. Flowers attract bees, butterflies and are excellent for cutting. Plants resist deer and rabbits.