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