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This genus of herbaceous and sometimes woody plants in the honeysuckle family are native to Africa, Europe and Asia. They are commonly known as scabious, and are popular garden plants with many cultivars available. They are grown for their pincushion-like heads formed of many tiny florets and come in a range of bright and pastel shades. They prefer well-drained soil in full sun.
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How to propagate Scabious
You can propagate the annuals from seeds in the spring.
Perennials from cuttings in the summer.
By division in early spring.
Other uses of Scabious
Has flower heads that are good for cutting. Suitable for coastal conditions, beneficial insects.
Flowers - Sow Under Cover in August
Thinking ahead to next year - sow these seeds for early spring and summer colour.