Scabiosa columbaria Mariposa Blue

Pincushion Flower

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Plant Code: SCMB

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A flouncy skirt of lavender-blue double petals surround the cushion center adorned with tiny white stamens (the pins). Blossoms rise to 18 on sturdy, slender stems from summer into fall.

Scabiosa is perfect for pots, rock gardens and tucked in as a specimen for a surprise of color. One of the longest flowering perennials, multiple pincushion-shaped flowers are produced all season. Very compact a garden favorite.


Type: Perennials
Height: Short 15-18"
Spacing: Plant 12" apart
Bloom Time: Early Summer to Mid-Fall
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Half Sun / Half Shade
Zones: 4-8   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal
Flower: Lavender
Accent: Blue
Patent: Pending
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Beneficial for Pollinators
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Good for Cut Flowers
  • Long-Blooming

Scabiosa General Information

Scabiosa are extremely long-blooming compact, clump-forming perennials with uniquely shaped, eye-catching flowers. Multiple pincushion-shaped flowers produced all season. Shades of purples, blues and pinks. Needs well drained soil.

Scabiosa Plant Care

Prefers average fertile soil with good winter drainage. Can be divided every 3 - 4 years in spring if needed. Cut off dead outer leaves in spring if needed. Remove spent blossoms to extend bloom time. Old flowering stems can be cut back for winter, but leave new growth at base to overwinter.