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Growing Scabiosa

Growing Scabiosa

Butterfly Blue Scabiosa


Hardy perennials with ferny foliage, a mounded habit, and rounded flowerheads. Blooms from spring until fall and a good butterfly plant. Good for borders, edging, rock gardens, and massed planting. Hardy in zones 3 to 9. Plant outdoors after the last spring frost with the roots slightly deeper than in the pots. 


Heat tolerant plants for full sun to part shade. Requires well-drained soils, especially in winter. Deadheading promotes reblooming.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use full rates of Algoflash Flowering Plant 4-6-7 Liquid Fertilizer (51087), Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221), or Osmocote 14-14-14 (51173).

Alternative Products

Other low-growing perennials that attract butterflies include Creeping Phlox, Fireball Dwarf Monarda (13251), and Zing Rose Dianthus (11312).

Complimentary Products

Moderate feeders that benefit from occasional fertilization. Other good perennials for rock gardens are Butterfly Plant and Sedum.

Scabiosa Facts

Easy-to-grow and usually not troubled with pest or disease problems. Plants are deer tolerant. Sometimes called Pincushion Flower, in reference to the prominent stamens on flowerheads that resemble the heads of pins. Butterfly Blue Scabiosa (14082) was selected as Perennial Plant of the Year in 2000.  

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