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A picture of a Scabious


Scabiosa spp.

Also known as

Pincushion flower

Scabiosa columbaria Pink Mist by Stan Shebs (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size







  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Scabious Overview

This genus of herbaceous and sometimes woody plants in the honeysuckle family are native to Africa, Europe and Asia. They are commonly known as scabious, and are popular garden plants with many cultivars available. They are grown for their pincushion-like heads formed of many tiny florets and come in a range of bright and pastel shades. They prefer well-drained soil in full sun.

Common problems with Scabious

How to propagate Scabious


You can propagate the annuals from seeds in the spring.


Perennials from cuttings in the summer.


By division in early spring.

Other uses of Scabious

Has flower heads that are good for cutting. Suitable for coastal conditions, beneficial insects.

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