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Pincushion Flower

Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue'

Pincushion-like lavender-blue blooms dance on wiry stems above a mound of leaves.
Perennial of the Year 2000

This British selection is extremely popular here in North America. It forms a low mound of ferny green foliage. Soft lavender-blue pincushion flowers begin to appear in early summer and continue blooming non-stop into late fall. Terrific for mass planting, edging the border, and especially in mixed containers. Removing faded flowers will ensure continued blooming. Attractive to butterflies. Drought tolerant once established. Former Perennial Plant of the Year in 2000.


Bloom Time:

Blooms summer

Mature Height:

12-18 Inches

Hardiness Zone:

3-9 Find your zone


Full Sun,Partial Sun

Features and Usage:

Greenhouse Growing Instructions:

Grow on at 55-65° F in high light, water moderately allowing to dry some in between. Once actively growing feed at 100-125 ppm N with each watering. Pinch to increase branching habit and deadhead to re-bloom. Generally finishes in 8-10 weeks based on growing conditions.
Plants Per Gallon: 1
Storage Temperature Prior to Planting: 45-60
Cooler Humidity Prior to Planting: High

Transplanting Instructions:

Plant in well draining professional potting soil keeping crown of plant at same level it was in the plug. Once potted, water immediately and apply a broad spectrum fungicide according to directions to avoid crown and root rot.

Homeowner Planting and Maintenance Tips:

Easy to grow in well-drained, slightly alkaline soil in full to partial sun.

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We have done our best to describe this plant as accurately as possible, however, different climates
and growing conditions in different parts of the country will affect height, bloom time, and color.