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Pincushion Flower

Scabiosa caucasica. This old-fashioned cottage garden favorite will transport you back to sunny childhood afternoons in your grandmother's garden. It is used extensively in haute summer garden design today and is also an excellent cutting flower. Pincushion flower will bloom the first year if started a good 6 to 8 weeks before transplanting outside. Its long-lasting pincushion-shaped flowers are an essential element in stunning flower arrangements~cut the stems just as the flowers are opening. Bee friendly. Deer resistant. Perennial. Hardiness zones: 3-9. Summer flowering. Height: 24" to 30".

Average seed life: 1 to 2 years.

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Pincushion Flower Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/4”
Seed Spacing:6”-8”
Plant Spacing:10”-15”
Days to Germination:14-21 days
Germination Temperature:65°-75°F

Scabiosa caucasica. The “Pincushion” can be direct-sown outdoors in warm areas or started indoors 6 to 8 weeks before transplanting out after all threat of frost has passed. Prepare planting site in garden in full to partial sunlight with rich, well-draining soil. Sow seeds in good seedstarting medium at 70°F with even moisture, strong light and good ventilation. For consistent moisture during germination, cover flats or pots with plastic wrap until seedlings emerge: then discard plastic. Harden off the seedlings by gradually acclimating them to outside conditions for 1 to 2 weeks before transplanting out. Thin or transplant seedlings 10" to 15" apart. It will flower the first year if started early enough indoors. Its blue, lilac and white flowers are terrific in bouquets: harvest just as the flowers are opening. Summer flowering. Height: 24" to 30".

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