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Scabiosa stellata

 
Scabiosa stellata
starflower pincushions
Scabiosa stellata

Common name starflower pincushions
Family dipsacaceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers cream (summer)
Size 2'
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensearly August

Annual scabious with a much more upright growth pattern than the perennial species we've tried. The flowerheads consist of a cluster of small flowers in the center, with larger (most likely sterile) flowers around the perimeter; on our strain, the center flowers are white, while the outer rim is powder blue. It wasn't until I took a close look at the seedheads that I understood the source of the botanical and common names - cute little stars in the center of each spent flower.

starflower pincushions
white and powder blue

In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: Lily's garden, Ben's garden, back yard island

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '04 trade. Removed papery skirts, then baggy 70F (33%G, 10-14d)
  2. Seed from '05 garden. Baggy 70F (68%G, 5-8d)
  3. Seed from '06 garden. Baggy 70F (85%G, 5-8d)
  4. Seed from '08 garden. Baggy 70F (92%G, 5d)


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