Cephalaria are flowering annual or herbaceous perennial plants that are members of the Caprifoliaceae family. They are native to southern Europe, west and central Asia and north and south Africa.
What is a Cephalaria?
Cephalaria grown for UK gardens are clump forming hardy plants growing to 1m to 2m tall with long flower stalks topped with cream or yellow scabious or teasle like flowers in summer. The flowers are very attractive to bees and other pollinators.
Where to plant Cephalaria?
Cephalaria like full sun or partial shade and moist but well drained soil. As tall plants they add height to the centre or back of a herbaceous border helping to create a traditional cottage garden look.
How to care for a Cephalaria?
Cephalaria are easy plants to look after. Water plants in dry spells and provide support for the tall stems in windy exposed areas. After flowering the stems can be cut back.