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Scabiosa cretica - Balaeric Pincushion Flower

Scabiosa cretica has soft gray foliage and large blue pincushion flowers. Scabiosa cretica foliage grows to 12-18" tall, and typically spreads wider than tall. The flowers are held 6" above the foliage and the large dried seedpods are almost as interesting as the flowers. Scabiosa cretica blooms in late Spring into early Summer, longer if the spent blooms are removed. Scabiosa cretica does well in poor soil and is quite drought tolerant once established. Scabiosa cretica will put up with good soil but is sensitive to over-watering, particularly during the warmer months. Plants are hardy into the mid-20°s F and likely below. The Gray Hairstreak and Variable Checkerspot will drop by for a sip of nectar if they are around.

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Scabiosa cretica