Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Scabiosa...A Not So Pretty Name...

...for a very pretty flower! 

Scabiosa caucasica is easily one of my top three favorite perennial flowers of all time!  I adore her!...especially Scabiosa 'Fama' and Isaac House Hybrids.  She may not have the prettiest of names, but don't let that deter you from her graceful, blue beauty.  With such simple, delicate elegance, scabiosa adds a touch of class to any bouquet.

Scabiosa caucasica is one that has grown better for me than any other of the scabiosa family.  It performs best in part sun with well-drained, rich {adding compost to your soil when planting works great!}, alkaline soil {if you're in Iowa, most of our soils usually lean towards alkaline or neutral -- if you're not, try sphagnum peat or organic mulch}. 

Oh, and did I mention that scabiosa makes a lovely cut flower?!  It sure does!  Give it a fresh cut in the cooler parts of the day {morning or near sunset are best}, arrange in a vase with floral preservative and you will have fresh, beautiful flowers for at least a week or more!

Want to try this variety yourself?  You can find seeds from Botanical Interests here .

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