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Pincushion Flower 'Perfecta Blue'

Scabiosa caucasica

Family: Caprifoliaceae (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info) (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Scabiosa (skab-ee-OH-suh) (Info)
Species: caucasica (kaw-KAS-ee-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Perfecta Blue
Additional cultivar information:(aka Blue Perfection)



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lompoc, California

Denver, Colorado

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Lake Stevens, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 10, 2005, wallaby1 from Lincoln
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

This seed was very expensive, out of 5 seed only 1 had an embryo which, luckily, germinated. It was sown in spring last year, planted in the ground in autumn, and has increased this year quite well. It has a very long flowering period, possibly because it rarely makes seed, I had several flowers and not one seed. The flowers are the most beautiful, frilly, violet-lavender/blue, and the bees loved them. At this time (10th Dec.) there are two flowers close to the ground just making, but slightly frost damaged, and a further larger one higher up which is not damaged. This is after 3 weeks+ of frost to -4C, frost most nights, and cold weather daytime temps. no more than 2 to 8C.

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