Yellow Giant Scabious (Cephalaria gigantea)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: Leaves 40 cm - Flowers 180 cm
Plant Spread: 50-80 cm
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Cut Flower
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: 4 weeks
Depth to plant seed: cover the seeds thin
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors


Posted by growitall (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on Dec 6, 2012 11:21 PM

An extremely tall (~8' here) perennial with sturdy stems; despite its imposing size, it is rather "airy" and hard to photograph! The basal plant is also huge, with 3-4 foot long arching stems.

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Cephalaria alpina, not Cephalaria gigantea by growitall Jun 17, 2014 10:51 PM 2

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