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Scabiosa columbaria - L.

Common Name Pigeon's Scabious, Dove pincushions, Pincushion Flower
Family Dipsacaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry calcareous pastures, banks etc, to 600 metres[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, south and east from the Arctic circle to N. Africa, Siberia and W. Asia.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Scabiosa columbaria Pigeon


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Scabiosa columbaria Pigeon

 

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Summary

Bloom Color: Blue, Lavender. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Early fall, Late summer, Late spring, Mid summer, Mid fall, Mid spring. Form: Spreading or horizontal.


Physical Characteristics

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Scabiosa columbaria is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.8 m (2ft 7in) by 0.8 m (2ft 7in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from July to September, and the seeds ripen from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, Lepidoptera (Moths & Butterflies).
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Meadow; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Leaves[177]. No more details are given.

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border. Prefers a neutral or alkaline soil and a sunny position[200]. Succeeds in ordinary garden soil[1]. Grows well in a dry sunny meadow[200]. The flowers are a good nectar source for bees and lepidoptera, the plant is also a good food source for the caterpillars of many butterfly species[200]. This species name is sometimes treated as the group name for an aggregate of species[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233]. Special Features: Attractive foliage, Not North American native, Naturalizing, Attracts butterflies, Suitable for cut flowers, Extended bloom season in Zones 9A and above, Attractive flowers or blooms.

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. The seedlings are subject to damping off[1] so water with care and make sure to give adequate ventilation. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer. Division in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Scabiosa japonica 10

 

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