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Growing Scabiosa (Pincushion Flowers)

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These flowers are deer resistant and attract butterflies to your garden. This guide is about growing scabiosa (pincushion flowers).


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March 16, 2006
Botanical Name: Scabiosa caucasica
Life Cycle: perennials
Planting Time: spring
Height: 1' to 3'
Exposure: full sun to light shade
Soil: average, well-drained soil
Hardiness: zones 3-7
Bloom Time: mid summer to fall
Flower: blue, mauve, lavender, white and violet
Foliage: green
Propagation: seeds and division
Suggested Use: beds, borders, butterfly gardens, edging and ground cover
Growing Hints: Purchase plants or start from seeds sown indoors a few weeks before your last frost date or sow them directly into the garden after the danger of frost has passed. Scabiosa is a low maintenance plant, but does not tolerate soggy soil-especially during the winter. Make sure your plants have proper drainage. If you have heavy soil, grow them in raised beds or improve soil drainage before planting. Divide clumps of plants every two to four years to prevent crowding.
Interesting Facts: Scabiosa is deer resistant and attractive to butterflies

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