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Drumstick Scabious

Scabiosa stellata

Also known as

Starflower Scabious

Scabiosa stellata by Cillas (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








6 months to reach maturity


This plant has no fragrance

Drumstick Scabious Overview

Scabiosa stellata is an annual which produces solitary pale blue flowers that can get to 45cm tall, but it is mostly grown for it's stunning papery circular seed heads that are a popular choice for floral arrangements.

Common problems with Drumstick Scabious

Generally pest and disease free.

    How to harvest Drumstick Scabious

    When harvesting seed allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds. Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored. The flowers can last a long time after being picked and the plant has good cutflower potential.

    How to propagate Drumstick Scabious


    Sow seed in early spring and provide gentle heat.

    Special features of Drumstick Scabious

    Attracts useful insects

    Attracts insects such as bees and butterflies.

    Pot plant

    Suitable for planting in outdoor containers, given sufficient drainage holes.

    Attractive flowers

    Allowed to dry, the papery seed heads are striking.

    Other uses of Drumstick Scabious

    This plant suits being grown in mixed borders in informal cottage style gardens. They can also be grown for cut flowers in kitchen gardens and allotments.