This almost-black beauty is equally at home in formal and cottage gardens. Scabiosa blooms for an exceptionally long time, is fairly drought tolerant, and is very attractive to bees and butterflies. Long stems are great for fresh cut flowers. Dried seed heads also add interest to flower arrangements. A top-notch garden cultivar since the 1600s when it was known as 'Blackmoor's Beauty' or 'Mournful Widow'.
• Botanical Name: Sixalix atropurpurea
• Family: Caprifoliaceae
• Native: Africa, Asia, Europe
• Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 10 and warmer, although usually grown as an annual.
• Plant Dimensions: 18"–24" tall, 18" wide
• Variety Information: Very dark burgundy flowers reveal contrasting white stigmas as flowers mature, resembling pincushions.
• Exposure: Full sun to part shade
• Bloom Period: Summer to frost
• Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant
• When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date.
• When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 60°–70°F.
• Days to Emerge: 10–15 days
• Seed Depth: ⅛"
• Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 12"
• Thinning: When 1" tall, thin to 1 every 12"
• Harvesting: For longest vase life, harvest flowers in the morning, choosing blooms that have just begun to show good color but are not yet open.