Scabiosa Columbaria Butterfly Blue + Pink Mist (Pincushion Flower)
(Common name: Pincushion Flower)
A winner for all gardens!
Scabiosa is a stunning perennial addition to sunny gardens! This hardy, low growing plant produces an abundance of delicate pretty flowers, on thin wispy stems that brighten up the summer garden for months on end.
The Scabiosa (or Dipsacacease) family is large and found in Africa, Europe and Asia. Scabiosa columbaria is unfortunately not indigenous to South Africa, however it has been developed to become one of the most popular Scabiosa garden varieties that perform extremely well under our local conditions.
The delicate ‘pincushion’–type flowers are held high above the plant on sturdy stems. ‘Butterfly Blue’ blooms are a stunning lavender blue or lilac colour, whereas ‘Pink Mist’ blooms have delicate baby pink hues. The petal formation of the Scabiosa flower is varied and unique. A combination of large and small petals, are combined perfectly to attract butterflies and other insects that love the sweet nectar produced.
Scabiosa is a low maintenance gem.
As an herbaceous perennial they thrive in well drained soils, in sunny locations. The grey, green foliage remains relatively low growing, with the tall flower stems extending up to 30 or 40cm in height. They have normal watering requirements and can tolerate dry conditions if watered deeply and thoroughly between dry spells. Scabiosa are best planted in large groupings amongst a border and are an excellent rockery addition.
Scabiosa may also be referred to as the ‘Butterfly plant’. During Spring & Summer, butterflies regularly visit Scabiosa flowers, which are believed to be one of their favourite nectar plants.
Scabiosa flower from spring right through summer and well into autumn. Regular dead-heading of the blooms is extremely easy to carry out on the long stems and encourages additional flower formation. As such the ‘Pinchusion Flower’ adds colour, character and nectar to your garden for the entire growing season!
As a perennial variety, you can expect them to survive for 2 – 3 years. To encourage and promote the following season’s growth ensure you feed the plants monthly and enrich the soil with mulch and compost during winter.
Do it for the butterflies … !!!
Eastern Cape Stockists:
Floradale Nursery – Port Elizabeth
Floradale Nursery – East London
Red Leaf Nursery – Port Alfred
Builders Express East London
Builders Express – Jeffreys Bay
Builders Express – Newton Park
Builders Express – Queenstown
Builders Express – Uitenhage
Builders Express – Walmer
Builders Express – Walker drive
Builders Warehouse – Port Elizabeth
Free State Stockists:
Alma Kwekery – Welkom
Bruwer Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Builders Warehouse Bloemfontein
Greenside Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Harrismith Kwekery – Harrismith
Plants@Preller – Bloemfontein
Platberg Nursery – Harrismith
Pretty Garden Tuinsentrum – Bloemfontein
Urth Garden Centre – Bloemfontein
4 Seasons Nursery – Heidelberg
Colourful Splendour – Craighall Park
Garden Pavilion – Brandmullers
Garden Pavilion – Eckards
Garden Pavilion – Sunkist
GardenShop Flora Farm
GardenShop Menlo Park
GardenShop Parktown North
Lifestyle Garden Centre – Randburg
Montrose Nursery – Morningside
Plant Paradise Garden Centre – Pretoria
Safari Tuinsentrum – Pretoria
Schaffler’s Nursery – Johannesburg
North West Stockists:
Western Cape Stockists:
Cape Garden – Joostenbergvlakte
Cape Garden – Somerset West
Cape Garden – Stellenbosch
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – Rosebank
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – West Coast Village
Stodels – Bellville
Stodels – Constantia
Stodels – Kenilworth
Stodels – Milnerton
Stodels – Somerset West
Builders Express – Kenilworth
Builders Express – Knysna
Builders Express – Stellenbosch
Builders Express – Willowbridge
Builders Warehouse – Cape Gate
Builders Warehouse – City
Builders Warehouse – Constantiaberg
Builders Warehouse – George
Builders Warehouse – Helderberg
Builders Warehouse – Table View
Builders Warehouse – Tygerberg
**Please note that not all stockists will have every plant featured**