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SCABIOSA columbaria 'Butterfly Blue'

Image of Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue'

James H. Schutte

Family

Dipsacaceae

Botanical Name

SCABIOSA columbaria 'Butterfly Blue'

Plant Common Name

Butterfly Blue Pincushion Flower, Dove Pincushions, Pincushion Flower

General Description

Butterfly blue pincushion flower is a short lived flowering perennial that produces large violet-blue flowers all summer. These intricate, lacy flowerheads appear atop tall, wiry stems and contrast nicely with its lobed, gray-green leaves. Spent flowers should be removed to ensure continued flowering.

Plants grow best in sandy, well drained loam and full to part sun. Partial sun is preferred in hotter regions. Pincushion flowers are highly attractive to butterflies make nice cutflowers. They work well in cottage gardens, mixed borders or butterfly gardens.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Width

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Mediterranean, Northern Africa, Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink, Light Blue, Lavender

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No