Yellow Scabiosa

Scabiosa ochroleuca

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: ochroleuca (ock-roh-LEW-ka) (Info)



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 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:

Sun to Partial Shade


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Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

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


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

Alameda, California

Richmond, California

Winterville, Georgia

Delphi, Indiana

Milton, Massachusetts

Red Wing, Minnesota

Minden, Nevada

Litchfield, New Hampshire

Christiana, Tennessee

Lubbock, Texas

Kalama, Washington

Lake Stevens, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 8, 2011, Pistil from Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

near Seattle, very late to bloom, but late August to frost smothered with pale yellowish flowers the bees love. Utterly carefree for me on east facing slope. No pests, no staking, no deadheading, and is drought tolerant. Bigger than label says, when flowering is 2 1/2 feet tall and wide. flowers kinda dull, but still worth it.


On Jun 6, 2010, killdawabbit from Christiana, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

I like this care-free plant in the right place. It's not a show-stopper but nice. For me it reseeds about like Verbena bonariensis. Which I don't mind. I wouldn't be without it.


On Jul 31, 2005, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is great to grow with grasses looks good in a more natural or cottage garden..It grows rather untidy.. Flowers appear whole summer and do very well in a vase. The spent flowers can also be used in dried arrangements.


On Jan 18, 2005, LilyLover_UT from Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:

This self-sowing perennial blooms the first year from seed if started early indoors. It's easy to grow, and it looks good with other wildflowers and ornamental grasses.


On Jan 30, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Usually a short-lived perennial; it may be best to treat it as a biennial.