Pincushion Flower, Star Flower, Sweet Scabious, Scabious Drumstick, Moonflower
Scabiosa stellata

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: stellata (stell-AY-tuh) (Info)

Category:

Annuals

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pink

Light Blue

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

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

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Menifee, California

Ewing, Kentucky

Odessa, Texas

Kalama, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
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RatingContent
Positive

On Jul 12, 2005, Purple_Pansies from Lincroft, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have a sort or leaning toward pale yellow flowers so its not surprise that I was pleasently surprised by this one. The color is pale yellow to deep ivory.... (similar to other yellow scabiosa types.... scabiosa ochureola and cephalaria gigantea) somewhere in between the color of moonbeam coreopsis and old faded antique ivory lace. Very pretty. The flowers aren't huge. About the size of other annual scabiosas if not slightly smaller. The foliage is "thistle like" and green. The "main" attraction to some of this plant is the seedpods which follow the flowers. Often used in dried arrangements ....by florists etc. Easy to grow. Grow as you would other scabiosa (annual). Some say this is cool weather and fails in heat but mine has (through 90 degree weather) stood up just fine. It is a nice ... read more

Positive

On Aug 21, 2002, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant is grown more for the seed head than the flower. They can be used in dried flower arrangements. It's an unusual plant and always gets comments. Let the seed heads dry on plants before harvesting.

Neutral

On Aug 30, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant is at least as interesting (if not more so) when the flowers fade and the seed head emerges. It looks like a bronze-colored pingpong ball. Unusual shape for dried flower arrangements.