Scabiosa columbaria Butterfly Blue

Scabiosa columbaria Blue


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Also known as Butterfly Blue, Blue Beauty or Mariposa Blue (Mariposa is Spanish for butterfly), this is a lovely perennial with bright lavender blue pincushion tufts of flowers in impossibly slender stems. Lovely in floral arrangements, both fresh and dried. Bees and butterflies love these flowers too, especially as these native wildflowers provide a steady supply of nectar over a very long flowering season.

This is a dwarf variety of scabious, blooming continually with occasional deadheading from summer through till late autumn. The lance-like grey-green leaves form a low, compact mound.

Happy in dry situations, such as rock gardens or even in walls, this is great in containers or at the front of a border. Works well in cottage garden schemes, or mixed with grasses to a prairie-style garden.

Pot Size: 2L

Common Names: Scabious, Pincushion Flower

Hardiness: Hardy to –20°C

Height and Spread: 40cm x 40cm after 5 years

Preferred Soil Type: Dry, well drained soil

Aspect: Any

Position: Full sun

Flowering Period: July – September