Pincushion Flower (Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue')

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 12-18 inches
Plant Spread: 12-15 inches
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Other: Grayish-green
Flowers: Showy
Other: Remove spent blooms to extend bloom time.
Flower Color: Lavender
Other: Lavender-blue
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Other: Old flower stems can be pruned for winter..but leave new growth at base to overwinter.
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Groundcover
Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Crown of plant should be at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Other: Can be divided every 3 - 4 years in spring if needed.
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant
Awards and Recognitions: Other: P.P.A. Plant of the year 2000.


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By lovemyhouse on July 22, 2012

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Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Jan 10, 2012 6:09 PM

Extremely long-flowering, from early spring up until frost. Both flowers and seed heads are suitable for use in arrangements. Prefers partial shade in extremely hot summer climates. Avoid wet soil in winter.

2000 Perennial Plant of the Year

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Posted by StephGTx (Texas - Zone 8a) on Sep 18, 2011 6:50 PM

This is always covered with blooms spring-fall here in N. Tx. Very reliable perennial.

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Posted by Pattyw5 (La Salle Illinois - Zone 5a) on Dec 8, 2014 6:17 PM

Surprised to see these return from our last two very wet winters. They are planted in between daylilies, where they seem to do well.They don't mind being stepped on when I'm tending to the daylilies. They bloom past a hard freeze here.

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