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Scabiosa columbaria Giga® Blue (Pincushion Flower)

Pincushion Flower Giga® Blue, Scabious Giga® Blue


Noted for its incredibly large flowers, Scabiosa columbaria Giga® Blue (Pincushion Flower) is a well branched and naturally compact clump-forming perennial forming a short mound of ferny, often fuzzy foliage. Blooming for months from mid spring through summer, it rewards gardeners with a profusion of violet-blue, pincushion-like flowers, 3 in. across (7 cm), atop wiry stems, which hover over the foliage mound. Trouble-free, easy-to-grow, this eye-catching beauty is commonly used in containers, perennial borders or as a cut flower and is great for attracting butterflies into the garden. 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 12-20 in. tall (30-50 cm) and 12-15 in. wide (30-37 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Partial shade in southern gardens is beneficial. Soil should be consistently wet for best performance during the growing season and well drained during winter cold temperatures. Protect from winter wet.
  • Vital ingredient of beds and borders, cottage gardens, coastal gardens, city gardens, prairies or containers. Excellent cut flowers!
  • Keep an eye out for spider mites, slugs and whitefly.
  • Attracts butterflies but is ignored by deer.
  • Propagate by division or take basal cuttings
  • Deadheading will extend the bloom season. Cut down in fall.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 10
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 Scabiosa - Pincushion Flowers
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 15" (37cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 10
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 Scabiosa - Pincushion Flowers
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 15" (37cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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