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Scabiosa farinosa - Dwarf Pincushion Flower

Scabiosa farinosa works well in areas that need a high impact plant. The dark green foliage stays dense and seems to flow like melting ice cream. The blue flowers can produce a wonderful display that lasts from mid Spring through the Summer. But the dead flowers take quite a lot of time to remove and look pretty awful if they are not. So I ration the use of this plant so I don't get buried in spent blossoms. Scabiosa farinosa grows a foot to 18" tall and up to 3 feet across. The foliage is brittle and does not take traffic at all. Scabiosa farinosa will look broken for a couple of months if wild school bus riders go rampaging. Scabiosa farinosa has been hardy into the low to mid teens in our gardens, and likely capable of withstanding more chill than we have seen. The Gray Hairstreak and Variable Checkerspot will drop by for a sip of nectar if they are around.

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Scabiosa farinosa