Real World Gardener Pincushion Flower is Plant of the Week

October 27th, 2017


Pincushion Flower

Scabiosa columbaria hybrids

Have you ever wanted more butterflies to come into your garden?


Pincushion Flower

Well here’s a plant with plenty of nectar to get you started.

Nectar rich flowers isn’t all what butterflies need.

They need a flower that’s like a landing pad so they can have a bit of a rest while the sipping on the nectar. 

Let’s find out about this plant.

I'm talking with the plant panel: Karen Smith, editor of Hort Journal and Jeremy Critchley, The Green Gallery wholesale nursery owner.


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Scabiosa or Pincushion flowers belong to the Honeysuckle family, Caprifoliaceae.

Easy to grow and spread.

bliss%2Bbomb%2Bscabiosa.jpgAs young plants they are a bit sensitive to over watering, but as mature plants, they can cope with frost and take some heat.

Pincushion flowers do best in full sun but well-drained soil is a must!

Those with heavy soils should grow these flowers in a raised bed. 

The flowers are on long stems of around 30 cm.

The foliage which is a pale green, makes a small mound around 20 cm


Jeremy recommends the Bliss Bomb series which have intense lavender blue flowers.


 You can also buy deep maroon pincushion flowers but they are harder to get.


Remember: if you try to grow them in clay soils, they won't last until the next season, preferring to grow in more free draining soils.


burgundy%2Bscabiosa.jpgThese plants can last for a few years in the garden before you need to replace them, much like Shasta daisies.



You can try cutting them back to increase their longevity.

The best thing is that these flowers are drought-tolerant, once they are established and will bloom from spring until the first frost.

Best of all they also make great cut flowers lasting for up to 10 days in the vase.

If you have any questions about growing Scabiosa or Pincushion flowers, why not write in to

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