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Scabiosa or Pincushions are flowering annual or perennial plants that are members of the Caprifoliaceae or honeysuckle family. They are native to Africa, Asia and Europe.

What is a Scabiosa?

Scabiosa are hardy low growing mound forming plants that are usually less than 1m tall. In summer Scabiosa have pincushion like flowers on thin stems in a range of colours including blue, white, yellow, pink, red and purple. These nectar rich flowers are attractive to bees and other pollinators and some are scented.

Where to plant Scabiosa?

Scabiosa prefer full sun and a dry to moist and well drained soil. They make great patio plants as well as border plants where their long lasting summer flowers help create cottage, gravel and coastal style planting.

How to care for Scabiosa?

Scabiosa are easy plants to look after. Water young and pot grown plants during dry spells. Remove spent flowers to prolong flowering and trim back after flowering in the autumn.