Drumstick (Scabiosa Stellata) 40 seeds (#1073)
Scabiosa stellata is a branching, upright, hairy, wiry-stalked annual with medium green, ovate to lance-shaped, pinnatifid leaves, to 15-18 cm long.
Summer borne flowers of Drum Stick are solitary, rounded, up to 3-4 cm wide, and are followed by clusters of cup-shaped, maroon and green, enlarged bracts which form showy, bronzy seed heads. These 7-9 cm wide, attractive seed heads make wonderful dried arrangements.
Scabiosa thrives in soil that is sunny, neutral to alkaline, well-drained, and on the dry side. It does not like excessive winter moisture and should be divided every 3 years or it will die out or become less vigorous. Native to southern Europe.
Information source: www.backyardgardener.com.
Approximately 40-50 seeds in 1 g packet.
Genus - Scabiosa
Species - Stellata
Common name - Drumstick
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 10
Height - 0,30 - 0,60 m
Spread - 0,20 - 0,30 m
Plant type - Annual Flower
Exposure - Full Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Neutral to Mildly alkaline (pH 6.6-7.8)
Soil type - Chalky, not too heavy, fertile
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/or birds.
Bloom season - July - September
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Pink, Light Blue
Sow indoors or outdoors from March to May (4-6 weeks before last frost) directly into finely prepared soil which has already been watered. . Barely cover as light aids germination. Germinate the seed in the warm, moist and dark. Place the whole seed tray inside a black plastic bin-liner and put it near your boiler or in your airing cupboard.
Seedlings usually appear in 7-21 days at +18-+21C. Check once a day for any sign of green. Once up, they'll need cool air and maximum light.
Thin seedlings to 20 cm apart. For a continuous display make sowings at two to three weekly intervals.
Water well until plants are established.