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Blue ScabiosaScabiosa are commonly called pincushion flowers due to the appearance of their blooms: frilly petals surrounding many small flowers poking out of a single head. These nectar-rich blooms attract moths and butterflies.

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Most Popular Colors: Light blue, lavender, white.

Blooming Season: Late spring to early fall.

Soil Preferences: Scabiosa prefer well-drained, lightly fertilized soil.

Climate Preferences: These plants will bloom in most North American climates.

Sun Exposure: Partial shade to full sun.

Landscaping Tips: Some plants grow fairly tall, so use these in grouped clusters or as borders. Dwarf varieties make good "front" flowers. Scabiosa tend to bloom more prolifically each year, so you may consider planting annuals alongside scabiosa for the first season or two, then phasing them out as the scabiosa grow larger.

Planting: Plant scabiosa about 1 foot apart. Use humus to enrich the soil.


  • Water plants well, but do not overwater - scabiosa are frequently the victim of rot.
  • Cut back old flowers as necessary so your scabiosa will grow more and more flowers each year!

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