Scientific Name: Scabiosa columbaria L.
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Sun Exposure: Full sun
Origin: Eastern Africa
Growth Habits: Clump forming perennial, up to 2.5 feet tall (75 cm)
Watering Needs: Keep moist in summer, rather dry in winter
Propagation: Divisions in spring or fall, seeds in late summer
The lower leaves of the Scabiosa are generally simple, lance-shaped. The higher leaves are divided.
The Scabiosa prefers a soil well drained, rather alkaline, moderately fertile.
The characteristic pincushion flowers are borne from early summer to fall. Cut the spent flowers to push the plant to produce more. The flowers are also good as cut flowers.