Scabiosa caucasica, House’s Hybrids, Large Flowered – (Pincushion Flower)
House’s Hybrids scabiosa produces a continuous supply of large up to 8 cm pincushion-type flowers on long, wiry stems from summer until frost.It is a hardy, long flowering addition for the border.
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A lovely strain which has lovely frilly, large flowers in shades of blue, mauve and heliotrope, which have long strong stems and are excellent as cut flowers.
It attracts bees and butterflies and flowers and is very easy to grow. It has a very long flowering season.
It likes full sun and fertile well drained soil. It can take some drought once established.
Deadhead regularly to prolong flower production. Once the plant becomes larger it is wise to divide the root ball, discarding the older woody parts, to retain vigour.
Sow indoors winter and early spring. Sow 2mm deep into moist well-drained seed compost. Propagate 18-21°C. Germination takes 2-3 weeks. Transplant seedlings once when large enough to handle to 8cm pots and grow on at 10°C. Acclimatise and plant out after danger of frost has passed with 50cm spacing.
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