Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue'
Common name: Pincushion Flower
Family: Dipsacaceae (say that one three times fast!), Teasel
Height x Width: 10-24” x 18-24”
Growth Rate: moderate
Foliage: opposite, oblanceolate basal leaves differ from stem leaves and from the lanceolate leaves of caucasica; also hairier than latter species
Flowers: 2-3” across, resemble a pincushion, may come in lavender, pink, purple, maroon, red, yellow, white, or lavender-blue as in this cultivar.
Hardiness: zones 3-7
Soil: fertile, well drained, with a pH near neutral.
Light: full sun
Pests & Problems: none serious except the occasional slug.
Landscape Habit, Uses: massed in the border, cut flowers, wild gardens and dry meadow habitats.
Other Interest: species is native to Europe, Asia, and Africa; name from the Latin scabies or itch, for the disease the common species was thought to cure; may serve as a nectar source for some butterflies and food source for some caterpillars; Perennial Plant of the Year 2000
Other Culture: prefers cool, humid climates; often is slow growing.
Propagation: seed is the best method, division may be done, but is a slow method.
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