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Fama Deep Blue Pincushion Flower
Scabiosa caucasica 'Fama Deep Blue'
Fama Deep Blue Pincushion Flower flowers
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Plant Height: 10 inches
Flower Height: 20 inches
Spacing: 20 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4a
Other Names: Scabious
Group/Class: Fama Series
This is by far, the largest flowering variety producing stunning blue double blooms on wiry stems above fine, ferny, cutleaf foliage; begins blooming in early summer and may continue into fall; a spectacular show for a sunny garden; deadhead spent flowers
Fama Deep Blue Pincushion Flower features unusual blue pincushion flowers with creamy white eyes at the ends of the stems from early summer to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its deeply cut ferny leaves remain dark green in colour throughout the season.
Fama Deep Blue Pincushion Flower is an herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Fama Deep Blue Pincushion Flower is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Fama Deep Blue Pincushion Flower will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity extending to 20 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 20 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!
This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to dry locations, and dislikes excessive moisture. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Fama Deep Blue Pincushion Flower is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.