Scabiosa columbaria Butterfly Blue produces a bounty of 2" pincushion-type flowers that attract butterflies and are insect and disease resistant. Blooms from May to frost. Ideal for edging, containers or cutting and is beautiful with daylily Stella de Oro. Grow in full sun in average soil with excellent drainage, where plants can be spaced 12" apart. For continuous blooming, keep scabiosa deadheaded.
Sow outdoors in spring in full sun after danger of frost. Sow seeds evenly and thinly and cover
with 1/8" of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days
depending on soil and weather conditions. To get a head Start, Sow seeds indoors about 8-10
weeks before outdoor planting date, kept at 70-75 F.
How to Grow Scabiosa (Perennial)
Thin to stand about 12" apart when seedlings are large enough to handle. Plant outdoors after
danger of frost, in well-drained soil, in full sun in northern states, and in light shade in
southern gardens. Deadhead to prolong blooming. Keep on the dry side to avoid rotting.
Intolerant of extreme heat and drought. Provide a light winter mulch.