Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Tall Double Flower Mixed’ Pincushion flower
Double pin-cushion flowers born on tall, wiry stems in a mix of pink, crimson, mauve and white. Flowers from June through to September if you keep up with the picking.
Plant type: hardy annual, sometimes classed as half hardy
Site: full sun, sheltered
Plant spacing: 30cm
Sown to grown: 12 weeks
Min. seeds per packet: 150 seeds
Growing tips: sow in August and again in March, if winters are very cold for you overwinter Autumn sown plants in a cold frame and plant out in the Spring.
Harvesting/Arranging tips: pick when the centres of the pin-cushion flowers are still tight. I use Scabiosa as an accent to support or compliment the focal flowers which could be roses or dahlias. They also work well in meadow style designs with a few grasses and an umbel or two.
Vase life: 7 days