Easy, 'pincushion' flowers attract butterflies and bees
Brightly coloured pincushion heads above crisp green foliage. A real magnet to butterflies and bees, great in 'cottage garden' borders or as a lasting cut flower.
This popular annual gets its common name of from its long, gray stamens that protrude like "pins" from the dense "cushion" of the flower.
A short-lived perennial but I always treat it as an annual, sowing new seed every year - is the most miraculous performer in any garden.
This charming and easy perennial grows best in full sun and fertile well-drained acid to alkaline soil. Deadhead regularly to encourage continued bloom and to prevent self-sowing.
A splendid companion for summer-blooming campanulas, veronicas, foxgloves, and verbascums, it is a natural for perennial borders and cottage gardens.
The blooms are perfect for cutting.
Genus - Scabiosa
Species - Atropurpurea
Variety - Tall Double mixed
Common name - Sweet Scabious
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 11
Height - 0,90 m
Spread - 0,25 m
Plant type - Annual Flower
Exposure - Full Sun to Partial Shade
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Neutral to Mildly alkaline (pH 6.6-7.8)
Soil type - Loam or sand, rich, well-drained
Water requirements - Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater. Drough tolerant
Landscape uses - Excellent cut flower. Back of beds and borders. This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and birds.
Bloom season - June - October
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Mix of crimson, Dark Red, white, pink
Sow indoors or outdoors from March to May directly into finely prepared soil which has already been watered.
Cover with 5 mm of fine soil.
Seedlings usually appear in 14-28 days at +18-+21C. Check once a day for any sign of green. Once up, they'll need cool air and maximum light.
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