Scabiosa atropurpurea
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Scabiosa atropurpurea

pincushion flower
sweet scabious
mournful widow
Egyptian rose
sweet scabiosa
mourning bride

  Family DIPSACACEAE 
  Genus Scabiosa 

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Identification
Genus  Scabiosa Species  atropurpurea Variety  Cultivar  Common names  pincushion flower   sweet scabious   mournful widow   Egyptian rose   sweet scabiosa   mourning bride Family  DIPSACACEAE Specimen number  S11603 Data source  HtZn p167;Frgnt p97;Xeri p280
 
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Annual Life span  1 year Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  2' - 3' Overall spread   
 
Climate
Sunshine  Various Water  Moist Optimal soil texture  Fertile Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-11 AHS heat zones  Heat zones 08-03 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
 
Garden
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The flowers of Scabiosa atropurpurea have a mildly honey-like aroma. Sweet scabious (also known as mournful widow, Egyptian rose, sweet scabiosa, mourning bride and pincushion flower) can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30 Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat. This species likes soils that are fertile. It needs soil that is moist.
 
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
 
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
 
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  honey scented Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Honey Dye parts  Dye color 
 
Cultivation
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement  Warm Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
 
Nutrition
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
 
Horticulture
Horticulture notes  It requires warm days for good production.
 
Herbarium
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Scabiosa atropurpurea has an annual life cycle. Leaves: Sweet scabious (locally known in some parts as mournful widow, Egyptian rose, sweet scabiosa, mourning bride and pincushion flower) has ruffled curly leaves. Flowers: This plant has tiny flowers in dense globes resembling a pincushion. The flowers are usually either purple or pink.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   

 

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