Also known as
This plant has no fragrance
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As a pretty perennial ground cover and colour filler with large lilac, white or mauve flowers, the Scabiosa incisa is an aestethically pleasing addition to any temperate garden. Flowering abundantly from spring to summer and naturally occurring in coastal sandy regions of the Western and Eastern Cape of South Africa. Not only used as an ornamental garden plant, this plant is also used as traditional medicine, and as cut flowers.
Common problems with Scabiosa
Generally pest and disease free. Sometimes plant aphids can cause harm.
Scabiosa Companion Plants
Chondropetalum tectorum, Vernonia glabra, Geranium multisectum, Agapanthus, Orthosiphon labiatus and Cotyledon orbiculatum.
How to harvest Scabiosa
Valued as a good cut flower. Harvest flowers by cutting rather than pulling, at the base to encourage more flowers to form.
How to propagate Scabiosa
Sowing time in Autumn. Spacing is less than 0.5m and sowing depth is one and a halve times deeper than the size of the seed. Germination time takes 3-4 weeks.
Cuttings can be made of new shoots from the bottom of the plant. Remove most of the big leaves and treat with a rooting hormone.
Special features of Scabiosa
Attracts useful insects
Insects such as butterflies and bees love the nectar.
Moderately drought tolerant once well-established.
Other uses of Scabiosa
Traditionally used to make a wound lotion. The name come from old use of treating an itching skin disorder, scabies, with this plant.
Is also used as cut flowers and beautiful garden plant.