PINCUSHION FLOWER

FAMILY: Dipsacaceae | GENUS: SCABIOSA

TYPE
  • Annuals
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Moderate Water
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

Resembling a pincushion full of pins, each Scabiosa flower has stamens that protrude well beyond the curved surface of the flower head. Bloom begins in midsummer, continues until frost if flowers are deadheaded or cut regularly. Good in mixed or mass plantings. Excellent cut flowers. Not usually browsed by deer.

pincushion flower, mourning bride

scabiosa atropurpurea

  • Annual.
  • May also be sold as Scabiosa grandiflora.
  • From southern Europe.
  • To 2123 feet tall, 1 feet wide.
  • Oblong, coarsely toothed leaves.
  • Many carry flowers to 2 inches or more wide, in colors ranging from blackish purple to salmon-pink, rose, white.
  • Tall Double Mixed strain, 'Black Knight', and 'Salmon Queen' reach 3 feet tall; Dwarf Double Mixed grows to 112 feet high.

pincushion flower

scabiosa caucasica

  • Perennial.
  • Zones US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8.
  • From the Caucasus, Turkey, Iran.
  • To 112212 feet high, 12 feet wide.
  • Leaves vary from finely cut to uncut.
  • Flowers 2123 inches across, in blue to bluish lavender or white, depending on selection.
  • Needs partial shade in hottest climates.
  • Many selections are sold.
  • Fama has branching stalks carrying blue, 3 inches flowers with broad rays; 'Fama White' has white flowers.
  • The Perfecta series bears white, blue, and lavender-blue flowers with fringed rays.
  • House's Hybrids contains a mixture of blue shades and white.

scabiosa columbaria

  • Perennial.
  • From Europe, Africa, Asia.
  • To 2 feet high and wide, with finely cut, gray-green leaves.
  • Flowers to 3 inches., in lavender-blue, pink, or white; bloom almost all year in the Tropical South.
  • Hybrids 'Butterfly Blue' (deep lavender-blue) and 'Pink Mist' (bright pink) are choice.

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