| Pincushion Flower, Scabious|
The best of the perennial Scabiosas, although maybe harder to find than the less interesting S. columbaria. Leaves are gray-green to blue-green, basal, lanceolate, entire, and grow in clumps from which long stems emerge bearing flowers three-inches wide in white, light blue, cornflower blue, lavender, and darker blue. Flat flowers have white or yellow centers and slightly lobed petals.
Plant Type: perennial
Plant Form or Habit: cushion mound or small clump
Plant Use: In the front of beds and borders, grouped in informal gardens, and containers, as a cut flower.
Width: Minimum: 18 inches Maximum: 24 inches
Foliage Texture: medium
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5
Water Requirements: average
Additional Comments: Makes an excellent cut flower. 'Kompliment,' 'Fama,' 'Perfecta,' and 'Perfecta Alba' are some good cultivars.