This popular annual gets its common name of from its long, gray stamens that protrude like “pins” from the dense “cushion” of the flower.
Best performance is in climates with cool summers with plants generally intolerant of high heat and humidity. So scabiosa is usually grown as a cool season annual in Carroll County. Deadheading spent flowers encourages additional blooms but spent flower heads remain attractive and can be left in place for ornamental interest.
Cultivars / Varieties
‘Ace of Spades’ – highly fragrant, double flowers are very dark brown, almost black. The plants grow to 3’ tall.
Beaujolais Bonnets – 24”; Rich burgundy-centered flower with lighter rosy shaded outer petals & contrasting white stamens. Striking, easily grown color for containers, landscape.
Black Knight – 32”; Strong stemmed. Exotic black flowers tipped with white-dotted stigmas. Excellent cutflower.
Blue Cockade – 46”; Light blue or purplish flowers up to 2″ in diameter. Excellent cutflower.
CutBrite Formula Mix – 32”; Strong stemmed. 7 Extra bright strong colors. Excellent cutflower.
‘Dwarf Double Mix’ – double flowers in shades of red, purple, white an pink on 1 ½’ tall plants.
‘Double Mix’ – 3’ tall plants with flowers in shades of red, white, pink, purple and blue.
Fata Morgana – 40”; Unusual blushing pinkish-yellow, blends well with many other colors and makes a beautiful show all on its own. Erect stems and durable blooms. Good cutflower.
Fire King – 32”; Strong stemmed. Bright red flowers. Excellent cutflower.
Night and Day – 3 ft; Striking blend of pure white and deepest purple black. Delicate fresh fragrance.
Salmon Queen – 36”; deep, orange-pink flowers are double and long-lasting flowers.
Snowmaiden – 36”; Brilliant pure white flowers. Long strong stems. Excellent cutflower.
Summer Fruits – 32-36”; Strong stemmed. Formula mix of bright fruity colors ranging from pink through raspberry to blackberry. Excellent cutflower
Scabiosa atropurpurea – Missouri Botanical Garden
Specialty Cut Flowers by Armitage & Laushman
Cool Flowers by Lisa Mason Ziegler
The Flower Farmer by Lynn Byczynski
Recommended for Wildlife by
Pincushion Flower – Cornell University