Jasione - Knowledgebase Question

Lebanon, NJ
Question by markey7
February 19, 2000
I purchased Burpee seeds for a perennial plant called Jasione. Seeds were purchased at Wal-Mart. I have been unable to find this plant listed in any garden books I own. Could you please supply the botanical name for this plant so I can obtain more information on its care. Thanks for the help.

Answer from NGA
February 19, 2000


Your seeds are likely for Jasione laevis (also seen as J. perennis or J. pyrenaica) , sometimes called Shepherd's Scabious or Sheep's Bit. This plant does best in lean, well drained, sandy soil and full sun. It blooms over a long period with blue flowers on wiry stems that are good for cutting. You may propagate it by seed or division.

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