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PlantFiles: 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)

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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:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

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3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Pistil 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.

Positive killdawabbit 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.

Neutral saya 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.

Positive LilyLover_UT 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.

Neutral lupinelover 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.


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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