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Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue' (pincushion flower)

Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue'

pincushion flower

A profusion of blue-purple pincushion flowers. A fantastic performer and butterfly magnet, flowering continuously from May to killing frost. Top ten container and sunny border plant and cut flower.

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12-15 Inches


10-12 Inches


10-12 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 5-10

pincushion flower Interesting Notes

The Perennial Plant Association's 2000 Perennial Plant of the Year®

The Perennial Plant Association has awarded the title Perennial Plant of the Year 2000 to Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue'. Forty years ago Farplants grower, David Tristram, admired this exceptional plant in a garden in Ireland. Mr. Tristram obtained cuttings and grew the unique Scabiosa in his Irish garden for 15 years before moving to England where he grew the beloved plant in his Sussex garden until the early 1980s. Marketing cooperatively, Farplants and the English nursery, Blakedown, selected Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue' for their first venture in promoting plants. Indeed, 'Butterfly Blue' has become an international winner. The outstanding attributes of Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue' are sure to place this underused perennial in the top group of favorite long-blooming perennials. - Perennial Plant Association

Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefers loamy, well-drained, slightly alkaline soil in full sun. Intolerant of wet soils. Propagate by seed, division or cuttings in early summer. Deadhead to prolong blooming season. Excellent in perennial borders, rock and cutting gardens or in mass plantings.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Propagation Type