A picture of a Cape Scabiosa

Cape Scabiosa

Scabiosa africana

Also known as

Pincushion

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H5-H1c

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

30cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Cape Scabiosa Overview

Hardy flowering plant from the Fynbos biome. A popular groundcover and perrenial with wonderful long stems loaded with dainty purple or white flowers that swing in the wind above clumps of green leaves that easily spread.

Common problems with Cape Scabiosa

Relative problem free.

    Cape Scabiosa Companion Plants

    Cucumbers, gourds, sweetcorn, tomatoes

    How to harvest Cape Scabiosa

    Cut the flowers or seedheads as needed.

    How to propagate Cape Scabiosa

    Division

    Divide clumps and replant immediately.

    Seed

    Sow seed in the Spring.

    Cuttings

    Take cuttings from a stem with a few leaves attached and replant to root.

    Special features of Cape Scabiosa

    Attracts useful insects

    Including butterfies and bees.

    Drought resistant

    Pot plant

    Attracts butterflies

    Other uses of Cape Scabiosa

    Medicinal, compost activator, soil conditioner, insect repellant

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