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Pincushion Flower


Pincushion Flower Plant Features

Pincushion flower or scabiosa gets its name from the beautiful pincushion-like flowers that cover the plant all summer long. Growing 8 to 12 inches tall, pincushion flower is one of the best plants you can grow if you want to attract butterflies to your garden. This sun-lover develops nectar-rich blooms in blue, lavender, pink, and white. Use pincushion flower in drifts or clumps scattered throughout your garden or add it to large pots and planters. It's drought and deer resistant. Hardy from zones 3-8.

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Pincushion Flower Growing Instructions

Plant pincushion flower in a sunny spot that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sun a day. Its not fussy about soil type, but does prefer a rich, well-drained soil. Remove the faded flowers as they appear to encourage additional flushes of bloom. Pincushion flowers should be dug and divided every three to four years to keep it vigorous.

Pincushion flower is not intended for human or animal consumption.

  • Light

    Outside: Part sun
    Outside: Sun

  • Colors

    Blue, Pink, White

  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Special Features

    Attracts butterflies
    Deer/rabbit resistant
    Super-easy to grow

Complement your Pincushion Flower with these varieties:
The yellow flowers of Coreopsis look terrific mingled with the blue blooms of Pincushion Flower.

Use Pincushion Flower and Daylily in the same sunny border for an easy-care landscape.

Butterfly Weed
Attract masses of butterflies to your garden by pairing Butterfly Weed and Pincushion flower.

Varieties: Our Favorites

Scabiosa 'Blue Note' Blue Note Pincushion Flower

Scabiosa 'Blue Note'

More compact than older varieties, Blue Note forms a tidy little mound (to 12 inches tall) of foliage topped by lavender-blue flowers from late spring to late summer. Zones 4-8

Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue' Butterfly Blue Pincushion Flower

Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue'

An award-winning variety, Butterfly Blue bears an endless supply of lavender-purple blooms from late spring to frost. As its name suggests, it's a favorite of butterflies. Butterfly Blue grows 18 inches tall and wide. zones 5-9

Scabiosa japonica 'Ritz Rose' Ritz Rose Pincushion Flower

Scabiosa japonica 'Ritz Rose'

A compact variety, Ritz Rose pincushion flower shows off a profusion of lavender-pink flowers on a plant that grows 10 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Zones 5-7