Pincushion flower

Scabiosa atropurpurea 'Chile Black'

Pincushion flower - Scabiosa atropurpurea  'Chile Black'

Common Name: Pincushion flower
Genus: Scabiosa
Species: atropurpurea
Cultivar: 'Chile Black'

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Good for wildlife

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Black, Purple
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: July & August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained

  • Other features: the flowers are highly attractive to butterflies and bees; valuable for fresh and dried flower arrangements

    Dramatic deep claret-purple pincushion-like flower heads in mid- and late summer above clumps of lance shaped grey-green leaves. The eye catching almost black flowers of this scabious work equally well in a contemporary or cottage style planting. For best results plant in a sunny well-drained spot preferably on chalky ground.

  • Garden care: Protect young plants from slug damage using environmentally friendly slug pellets or beer traps. Dead head regularly to prolong flowering and cut back the faded flower stems in autumn.

  • Goes well with: Knautia macedonica, Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum', Cimicifuga simplex 'Atropurpurea', Eryngium giganteum, Papaver orientale 'Patty's Plum', Buddleja davidii 'Black Knight'.

    It is worth keeping in mind that these plants are biennial/short lived perennials.

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