Pincushion Flower

March 3, 2017 Chelsea Quimby


Botanical Name: Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’
Height: 10-12″
Width: 12″
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun
Performance: Perennial
Bloom: Blue

Scabiosa is a genus native to the Mediterranean where it grows on dry rocky slopes. Today, it’s a north Texas butterfly garden favorite that was awarded 2000’s perennial plant of the year.
Lacy, lavender-blue inflorescences rise above its foliage on slender stalks. It blooms profusely in spring and provides off and on blooms throughout the year. The flower’s common name stems from the stamens extending above the petals like pins in a pincushion. The long lasting blooms are excellent for cut flower arrangements.
The foliage provides a textured evergreen mound of gray-green leaves reaching about 6-8” high. Scabiosa requires good drainage, especially in the winter. It thrives in full sun and won’t burn in the summer heat. Clumps can easily be divided and planted elsewhere in the garden. A Texas native that’s perfect in borders, containers, rock gardens, and butterfly gardens.