Scabiosa Atropurpurea, ‘Beaujolais Bonnets’- (Pincushion Flower)
A lovely, unusually coloured plant, which is hardy and blooms the first year from seed.
This plant is very attractive bearing mauve-pink ruffled flowers which surround a deep burgundy centre. The centre has white stamens which are offset against the deep red background making a striking contrast. They flowers are about 5 cm wide and they make very good cut flowers lasting well in water.
Butterflies and bees are attracted to them, and they bloom in masses right through the summer into the autumn. They like moist well drained soil, but take care not to waterlog them.
Deadhead the spent flowers regularly to encourage more flowers. Divide and replant every 2-3 years to maintain growth.
Sow indoors late winter and spring and outdoors in summer and autumn, into moist well-drained seed compost. Just cover with soil and keep moist. Germination takes 7-40 days. Transplant seedlings once large enough to handle to 8cm pots. Acclimatise and plant out after danger of frost has passed with 30cm spacing. Place Autumn sown seeds in a cold frame to overwinter, plant out following spring.
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