Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue'
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Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue'

pincushion flower

  family dipsacaceae 
  genus scabiosa 

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Genus  Scabiosa Species  columbaria Variety  Cultivar  Butterfly Blue Common names  pincushion flower   scabious Family  DIPSACACEAE Specimen number  S11602 Data source  HtZn p167
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Annual Life span  1 year Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  1' 6" - 3' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun Water  Well drained 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
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue' can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30� Fahrenheit. Scabious (also known as pincushion flower) needs summer days with high heat. This plant does well in fertile soils. This species likes full sun. It prefers well drained soils.
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  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue' has an annual life cycle. Leaves: Scabious (locally known in some parts as pincushion flower) has ruffled curly leaves. Flowers: This plant has tiny flowers in dense globes resembling a pincushion. Blossoms appear in June and continue through October. Flowers are often found in such colors as pink, violet, white or red.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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