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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

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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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