Pincushion Flower 'Pink Mist'

Scabiosa columbaria

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
Registered or introduced: 1994



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms repeatedly



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 7, 2015, dutchrub from Pittsburgh,
United States wrote:

I grow in Zone 6 in heavy clay soils (amended as necessary) in a city prone to lots of rain and very infrequent drought. This year, the first year of planting, we have had rain nearly every weekday for several weeks solid. I bought "Pink Mist" to grow in my pink and red garden. It was the first of my new plants to bloom, and it has been blooming profusely and reliably for weeks now. I deadhead it a lot to keep the blooms fresh, and sometimes it does get to be a nuisance because of the sheer number of blooms (but who could really complain about too many flowers).

I have found its habit to be rather wild and quirky, whereas many of my other plants tend toward neater mounds or clusters. The butterflies love it. I can't get butterflies to visit any of my other "butterfly favori... read more


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.


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.


On Jul 30, 2006, Marilynbeth 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.