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PlantFiles: Giant Scabious
Cephalaria leucantha

Family: Caprifoliaceae (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info) (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cephalaria (sef-uh-LARE-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: leucantha (lew-KAN-thuh) (Info)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 positive
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive saya On Aug 7, 2004, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

C. leucantha starts flowering somewhat later than C. gigantea.
Its looks are more elegant and it stays only a little shorter. At my place it gets about 170 cm and C. gigantea gets 250 cm. The flowers are more white and also smaller (about 4 cm across) than from C. gigantea (6 to 7 cm across). C. leucantha is often misheld as C. gigantea. That's why I explain the differences between them.
Both are much loved by bees and butterflies and also by

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