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Scabiosa (Pincushion Flower) columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’

Perennial Plant of the Year 2000!

Lacy lavender-blue, two-inch flowers bloom on slender 12 to 16″ stems from late spring through early fall. This favorite provides long-flowering color and butterflies for the perennial garden. Flowering begins in mid-spring with repeated flowering throughout the growing season when consistently deadheaded. Pincushion flower derives its common name from the stamens which stand above the petals resembling pins stuck in a pincushion. The leaves are hairy, ovate to lance-shaped, with the upper foliage smaller and finely divided creating a mounded rosette 6 to 8 inches high and 12 to 15 inches wide. Very compact with ferny blue-gray foliage. The low growing, compact habit make the Scabiosa useful as a groundcover or underplanting. A profuse bloomer.


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Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 16"
Spacing 15-18"
Hardiness Zones 3-10
Exposure Full Sun to Half Sun/Half Shade
Foliage Ferny Blue-Grey
Flower Lavender-Blue
Bloomtime June-October

General Information +

Botanical: Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue'

Common: Pincushion Flower

Family: Dipsacaceae

General Characteristics: Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue' is an excellent front-of-the-border plant to use in combination with annuals, bulbs, and perennials. The foliage remains clean and unblemished throughout the season. The delicate blue flowers add softness to the garden when massed with bolder-colored plants of yellow, bright pink, or red. They also work well with cooler tones of white, silver, and blue. Despite its delicate appearance, 'Butterfly Blue' is a sturdy plant. The plants do not require staking. During the summer butterflies find the nectar-rich flowers. 'Butterfly Blue' may be combined with Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam' and Dianthus for a three-season, carefree garden. The cool lavender-blue flowers of 'Butterfly Blue' shine against the warm, burnished tones of fall as one of the last blue-flowering perennials. With its long-lasting blossoms, 'Butterfly Blue' is an excellent choice for smaller flower arrangements either as cut flowers or grown in decorative containers. The outstanding attributes of Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue' are sure to place this underused perennial in the top group of favorite long-blooming perennials.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: No insect or disease problems

Planting Instructions: Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Very well-drained soil is a requirement for winter survival. This lovely perennial does not appear to be fazed by summer heat and will bloom throughout the growing season when regularly deadheaded. It is recommended that the basal foliage not be cut back in the fall. Winter-damaged foliage should be removed in the spring.