Pincushion Flower
Scabiosa caucasica 'Fama'

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: Fama

Category:

Perennials

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Medium Blue

Blue-Violet

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Blue-Green

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Regional

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

Anchorage, Alaska

Castro Valley, California

Encinitas, California

Hercules, California

San Jose, California

San Marcos, California

Hammond, Indiana

Haydenville, Massachusetts

Omaha, Nebraska

Buffalo, New York

Portland, Oregon

Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Kalama, Washington

Spokane, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Aug 13, 2012, ChinookZone from Calgary
Canada wrote:

Fama has been growing happily in my Zone 3a garden for 13 years and has been divided several times. It has a long bloom period here - late July till frost - and the colour is stunning.

Positive

On Mar 3, 2012, DolleeMomma from Hammond, IN wrote:

I love this variety of Scabiosa because of it's winter hardiness. It is also resistant to powdery mildew. As a plus it has much larger flowers and blooms longer.

Positive

On Feb 25, 2010, Oberon46 from (Mary) Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b) wrote:

This plant has survived our winters for two years. It is tall with vibrant blue/violet 1 1/2" flowers. Seems slow to blossom, but hangs around for quite a while. Have spread its seeds last fall (2009) to encourage more plants. Also have a white version.