Scabiosa caucasica, S. columbaria, S. japonica var. alpina
FAMA DEEP BLUE Scabiosa Scabiosa caucasica
Largest, darkest-blue, perennial scabiosa flower. The giant, 4-inch blooms on long, 12-inch stems, are long-lasting cut flowers. Bloom begins in midsummer, lasts into fall. Fama Deep Blue is an easy to grow, 20-inch 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.
HOUSE'S HYBRIDS Scabiosa Scabiosa caucasica
House's Hybrids scabiosa produces a continuous supply of large, 3-inch 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 feet tall, are 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 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-inch tall plants spread to 18 inches 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.
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 inches 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.