Pincushion flower

Scabiosa caucasica 'Clive Greaves'

Pincushion flower - Scabiosa caucasica  'Clive Greaves'

Common Name: Pincushion flower
Genus: Scabiosa
Species: caucasica
Cultivar: 'Clive Greaves'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Good for wildlife, Suitable for growing in containers, Good for a rock garden, Long flowering period

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

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue, Purple
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: July to September

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

Fantastic lavender-blue pincushion-like 8cm-wide flowers from July to September held on delicate stems above clumps of lance-shaped grey-green leaves. This long-flowering blue scabious is ideal for a sunny well-drained meadow, rock garden or container planting. Highly attractive to butterflies.

  • Garden care: Protect young plants from slug-damage using environmentally friendly slug pellets or beer traps. Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering and cut back the faded flower stems in autumn. Lift and divide large clumps every three years in spring.

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