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Scabiosa Grandmother's Pincushion - Renee's Garden

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Scabiosa atropurpurea

Heirloom Butterfly Scabiosa

Cottage garden favorites since the colonial era, scabiosas’ tightly closed buds look like Victorian brooches which unfold into densely petaled, frilly centered flowers. Perfect for sunny borders, these long stemmed 2 to 3 inch “pincushion” flowers attract Monarch, Fritillary and Skipper butterflies throughout the summer. Our premium Dutch selection is more upright in habit and contains all the best old-fashioned colors including deep crimson, mulberry, soft salmon, rose pink, lilac and white.
Seed Count: 45-50 / Weight: 0.3 gms

Plant In


Planting Depth

Space Seeds

Days To Germinate

Mature Height

Feb – April
Mild Climates: Fall

Full sun

1/4 inch

8 – 10 inches

12 – 15 days

3 – 4 feet


Spring/summer bloom
Can handle light frost


Sow seeds 1 to 2 inches apart in a container of seed starting mix, 2 or 3 weeks before last expected frost. Cover 1/4 inch deep, keep moist and provide a good light source until seedlings are ready to transplant. Plant out into fertile garden soil in full sun when plants are 3 to 4 inches tall.


Sow seeds in a well-drained, deeply worked garden bed in full sun as soon as soil can be worked in spring. Space seeds 8 to 10 inches apart in rows a foot apart and cover 1/4 inch deep. Keep seed bed moist until seedlings emerge in 12 to 15 days. Weed carefully and keep well watered.


Space seedlings 12 to 18 in. apart.


Plant in early spring to get sturdy plants that will flower throughout the summer and fall. Curving stems are part of this plant’s character, although our Dutch cultivar is more upright than others. Support growing plants for best display and to make cutting the lovely flowers easier. Cut often for bouquets and to produce more blossoms. In mild winter areas, they are a short-lived perennial and will winter over to bloom a second season.

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