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Pincushion Flower

Scientific Name:

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Pincushion Flower
Photo by Tracie Bowers

Scabiosa columbaria

Common Name(s):
Pincushion Flower

Categories:
Herbaceous Perennial

Comment:
This plant does not like to have wet feet, especially in winter and must have well-drained soil to thrive. Remove spent blooms to encourage more flower production. Very drought tolerant once established. Plants were used in Medieval times to treat Scabies, hence the name.

Height:

1-1.5 feet

Flowering Period:

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Pincushion Flower Photo by Tracie Bowers

April-October

Flower Color:
Purple

Usage:
Front of border, mixed containers, rock gardens

Hardiness:
USDA zones 4-9

Propagation:
Division of established plants, seeds

Exposure:
Full Sun

Soil:
Loam to sandy well-drained, especially in winter, prefers soil with a neutral Ph.

Regions:

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Firey Skipper on Pincushion Flower Photo by Tracie Bowers

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Origins:
Mediterranean, Africa, Asia

Pollinator(s) attracted:
Bees,
Butterflies

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