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Giga® Blue Pincushion Flower

Scabiosa columbaria

The largest of pincushion flowers to be found with charming, honey-scented, violet-blue flowers. The 3-inch wide blooms rise on stiff, upright stems above a small, naturally compact mound of finely cut, often fuzzy foliage. Excellent cut flowers. Attractive as a border plant, specimen in a rock garden, or in a mass planting. An herbaceous perennial.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationskab-ee-OH-suh kol-um-BAR-ee-uh
LoreScabiosa is a hardy, but short-lived perennial. It was once thought it would cure the disease Scabies, thus it's Latin name: Scabiosa. It's common name, Pincushion Flower, references the flowerhead's likeness to a pin cushion from days of old.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 16 to 20 in. tall, 12 to 15 in. wide.
Bloom TimeMid Spring through Summer
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Fragrant, Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorViolet-blue
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage
Growth HabitCompact, Mounding
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Cutting Garden, Accent, Edging, Raised Bed, Wildlife Garden, Small Spaces
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsShasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum); Tickseed (Coreopsis) Beardtongue (Penstemon); Blanket Flower (Gaillardia); Sedum (Sedum)

Prefers enriched, loose, well-drained soil with a near neutral pH; avoid heavy, soggy soils. Shelter from intense afternoon sun exposures. Water regularly during growing season; avoid excess water during winter months. Remove spent blooms to prolong flowering. Cut back to the ground at the end of the season.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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