Small scabious

Scabiosa columbaria subsp. ochroleuca

Small scabious - Scabiosa columbaria subsp. ochroleuca

Common Name: Small scabious
Genus: Scabiosa
Species: columbaria subsp. ochroleuca

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Good for wildlife

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.75 m (75 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to 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 and make a pretty cut posy


The delicate looking creamy lemon coloured flowers are held aloft on wiry stems throughout summer adding a sense of movement and lightness to mixed or hebaceous borders. A firm favourite in cottage garden schemes they also look good in prairie style planting.

  • Garden care: Protect young plants from slug damage using environmentally friendly slug pellets or beer traps. Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering and cut back in autumn to maintain tidy habit and form.

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


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