Scabiosa atropurpurea). Also known as the Pincushion Flower, this annual produces showy blooms of full double round flowers in rose, purple, pink, lavender, burgundy, and white. Flowers are persistent from mid-summer until frost and should be dead-headed regularly. Plants grow from 30-40 inches tall. Scabiosa flowers are heavy nectar producers making them very popular amongst pollinators. Scabiosa thrives in full sun and in well drained soils making it an ideal xeriscape plant. It is also a popular choice in cut flowers arrangements.
50 seeds per packet $3.50
Start this annual indoors 6 - 8 weeks before last frost. Scabiosa seeds may benefit from a brief cold period. They require light to germinate, sow seeds shallow and barely cover with soil mix. Space plants 8 -12 inches apart and in a sunny location. In mild winter areas, seeds can be sown in the autumn. Germinates in 10-12 days.