Perennial Flower Information
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Scabiosa - Pincushion
those persons who are familiar with the annual sorts
of Scabiosa, we need only say that the perennials resemble
the annuals, except that the perennials have shorter
florets at the center, while in the annual sorts the
flowers are made up of florets of more uniform length.
Scabiosa caucasica is the commonest perennial
with flowers either light lilac blue or white. The plants
grow 2 feet to 3 feet tall. The leaves are not cut as
is the case with the annual sorts. It blooms from June
to September. S. japonica grows 1 1/2 feet tall;
the flowers are violet-blue and the leaves are somewhat
lobed. S. ochroleuca is a sulphur colored species
growing 1 1/2 feet tall.
The graceful, long, wiry stems of the Pincushion Flower
are attractive in the border, rising as they do from
a tuft of leaves upon the soil. They are best used in
the front of the border. As cut flowers they are long
keeping and are easily arranged in vases.
They prefer well drained locations and a sunny exposure.
The plants are said to prefer limestone soil. They winter
over excellently unless standing in water-logged soil.
Scabiosas are readily increased from seed or by division
of the plants. The strongest plants are best raised
from seed. Mr. Cecil Davies writes that "in saving seed,
that produced by the central flowers should be chosen."
The seeds are best sown in Spring, but the plants sometimes
do not bloom until the next year.