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Scabiosa japonica var. alpina

Scabiosa japonica var. alpina
Rock garden specimen
pincushion flower
Trough specimen
Scabiosa japonica var. alpina

Synonym(s) Lomelosia japonica var. alpina
Common name pincushion flower
Family dipsacaceae
Life cycle biennial/perennial (Z4-8)
Flowers lilac blue (summer)
Size 8-12"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes well-drained soil, drought-tolerant
Seed ripenslate July

Short-lived perennial with lavender-blue flowers held above divided foliage. One of our second-year plants lives in our rock garden, and has stayed quite small so far. The other one, in a hypertufa trough, is starting to expand and exert itself a little more.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed for var. alpina from NARGS '12/'13 exchange, cold-stored. Baggy 35F (12w; 14%G, 9w - but no development) - 70F (57%G, 3-5d)

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