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PlantFiles: Pincushion Flower
Scabiosa columbaria 'Pink Mist'

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: columbaria (kol-um-BAR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Pink Mist
Additional cultivar information: (PP08957)
Hybridized by Tistram; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1994

6 vendors have this plant for sale.

10 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly


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:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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6 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive cedar18 On May 10, 2009, cedar18 from Lula, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I grow 'Pink Mist' and 'Butterfly Blue'. I would say calling it pink is a stretch! It seems more mauve-lavender-sort-of-pinkish to me. If you see the two colors at a distance, they appear the same. The pink doesn't seem to go with any other shades of pink in the garden but works well with the lavender tones.

Still a good plant.

Positive dicentra63 On Jun 28, 2007, dicentra63 from West Valley City, UT (Zone 6b) wrote:

Mine got into the curious habit of blooming only in the early spring, while it was still cold, or in the fall after the first frost. It was in too heavy shade and diminished until it didn't come back at all. But it was nice while it lasted.

Positive Marilynbeth On Jul 30, 2006, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

Two year old plant. Got this at Lowe's in 2005 in a gallon pot. Love it! Try to keep it deadheaded for more flowers.

Positive janders On Apr 2, 2005, janders from Rockwall, TX wrote:

I have four pincushion flowers, two are 3 yrs old. They are evergreen in my area and begin to flower in early March. They put on a nonstop show until frost. Good for butterfly gardens, and very compact.

Positive hanna1 On Nov 8, 2004, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I like to fact that it's so easy to grow, even the one that does'nt get much water is doing great.

Positive kooger On May 24, 2004, kooger from Oostburg, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Planted last summer, getting ready to bloom now. One of the last plants to 'wake up' this spring.

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

Tends to be short-lived, it may be best treated as a biennial. Seed mostly comes true; rogue variants.


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

Castro Valley, California
Merced, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Lula, Georgia
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Inwood, Iowa
Olathe, Kansas
Ewing, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Haydenville, Massachusetts
Grand Blanc, Michigan
North Tonawanda, New York
Greensboro, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Owasso, Oklahoma
Knoxville, Tennessee
Arlington, Texas
China Spring, Texas
Copperas Cove, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)
Odessa, Texas
Princeton, Texas
Rockwall, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Kalama, Washington
Port Orchard, Washington

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