5" Scabiosa Butterfly "Pincushion"


The pincushion flower is part of the Scabiosa genus of flowering plants. Its common name derived from the flower’s cushion-like center and pin-looking stamens, which resemble that of a pincushion. This attractive summer bloomer can be found in a variety of colors with blue, purple and white being the most notable. Flowers may reach up to a foot or two (.3-.6 m.) in height above the lush gray to blue-green foliage. In addition, there are both annual and perennial types of scabiosa: Annual pincushion (Scabiosa atropurpurea) – This type must be replanted each year, though in some areas they may reseed. Generally, the flowers of annual pincushion are somewhat smaller than their perennial counterparts and may include more color variety as well, ranging in shades of deep maroon, lavender-blue, rose, pink and white. Perennial pincushion (Scabiosa caucasica) – Perennial scabiosa plants are most often found in shades of blue or white, though pink varieties are available as well. Flowers are also larger, up to 2 ½ to 3 inches (7-7.5 cm.) and will normally bloom from late spring/early summer until the first frost. Unlike the annual type, their foliage remains green year round and will return each year. How to Grow a Pincushion Flower So what are the growing conditions for scabiosa flowers? These plants are hardy to USDA plant hardiness zones 3-7 and most suitable to temperate conditions. They do not like to be cold, nor do they like overly wet conditions. Scabiosa plants also dislike hot, humid weather.

Their overall care is minimal, with exception to watering during unusually dry conditions, as rainfall is normally adequate in meeting their needs. Water once a week when there is no rain and twice a week during drought-like conditions. With adequate growing conditions and soil, pincushion flowers require little, if any, fertilizer. Caring for pincushion plants does involve some upkeep, however. Deadheading spent blooms is necessary to keep the plants flowering and also improves their appearance. Pruning can be performed as well, especially with perennial plantings. Cuts should be made just above a leaf joint, or the stems can be cut back to the bottom leaves in fall. Perennial types can be propagated through both seed and division. Overcrowded plants should be divided every three to four years in early spring.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Growing Conditions For Scabiosa Flowers – How To Care For Scabiosa Pincushion Flower

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