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Scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue’ (Pincushion Flower)

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Enjoying more blooms per season than other Pincushion Flowers, Scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue’ (Pincushion Flower) is a compact, clump-forming perennial forming a short mound of ferny foliage. Blooming for months from late spring until frost, it rewards the gardeners with a profusion of lavender-blue, pincushion-like flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), atop wiry stems, which hover over the foliage mound of lobed, gray-green leaves. Trouble-free, easy-to-grow, this eye-catching beauty is excellent for grouping or massing in borders and rock gardens. The finely divided foliage stays low and compact, making this pretty perennial suitable for edging borders and paths.

  • Grows up to 12-18 in. tall (30-45 cm) and 15 in. wide (37 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Part shade is tolerated in hot summer climates. Protect from winter wet. Drought tolerant.
  • Vital ingredient of beds and borders, cottage gardens, coastal gardens, city gardens, prairies or containers. Excellent cut flowers!
  • Attracts butterflies but is ignored by deer.
  • Propagate by division or take basal cuttings
  • Deadheading will extend the bloom season. Cut down in fall.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Caprifoliaceae
Genus Scabiosa
Common names Pincushion Flower
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 15" (40cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Caprifoliaceae
Genus Scabiosa
Common names Pincushion Flower
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 15" (40cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden
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