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Scabiosa, Butterfly Blue

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2000 Perennial Plant of the Year.

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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.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.

3-9

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

12 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

12 inches

Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.

Spring, Summer

Resistant To Adverse garden conditions, such as heat or frost, deer or rabbits, that this product can tolerate well.

Deer, Drought, Heat

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Scabiosa: Potted Perennial Plant

How to Plant

Planting Potted Plants:

  • Choose a location in full sun with loose, well-drained organic soil. Scabiosa can take an alkaline soil but is generally tolerant of most well-drained soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12 inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time.  Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry.  One inch of rain or watering per week is recommended for most perennial plants. You can check to see if you need to add water by using a rain gauge.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary.  Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer such as Garden-tone, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • “Deadhead”, remove spent flower heads to encourage continuous flowering and prevent seed development. After flowering cut back to basal growth.
  • Remove and discard foliage after a hard frost in fall.
  • In colder regions, apply another layer of mulch (1-2 inches) after the ground freezes in fall. Evergreen boughs (from Christmas trees) provide additional protection. Remove this mulch in the spring.
  • Divide scabiosa every three years.

Growing Tips

  • Recommended for the middle of the border, and scabiosa makes great cut flowers
  • Shorter varieties are fine for containers.
Zone
3-9
Sun
Full Sun
Height
12 inches
Spread
12 inches
Bloom Season
Spring, Summer
Resistant To
Deer, Drought, Heat
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Container, Cut Flowers
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Genus
Scabiosa
Life Cycle
Perennial
Scabiosa, Butterfly Blue is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Flowers I purchased one of these plants, it keeps on blooming, and this is the first year I planed it. I just ordered three more plants I like it so much.
Date published: 2010-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never disappoints This flower does great in full sun in my NJ garden and survives the winters without fail. After three years it has multiplied and I was able to transplant into other areas of my garden. What a wonderful reliable plant!
Date published: 2009-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Butterfly Blue Beautiful This was a wonderful addition to my new garden and I gave it a place right in front.
Date published: 2008-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love the color The purple of these flowers is really bright, and they bloom a lot during the summer months. You can even use them as cut flowers, but I just enjoyed them in the garden.
Date published: 2007-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Got to LOVE it !! Its done a real bang up job for me this year ! Maybe it was the heavy early season rains, but it really took off, everywhere I planted it ; all my customers are very happy with it .. Try planting it with annual ( red ) poppies , such as " Flanders " a great color combo, they are about the same size plants , and look awesome together ! A real Winning Combination ... Can't wiat to see how they take our fickle winters ...
Date published: 2006-08-06
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