Scabiosa atropurpurea - Sweet Scabious - 'Black Knight'
30 open pollinated seeds from our gardens for $4.00.
Scabiosa atropurpurea is an excellent plant for the meadow garden, cottage garden and Gothic gardens. The flowers will bring beneficial insects like bees and butterflies into your garden. The flowers are excellent for cutting, team them up with lime coloured flowers like our Bells of Ireland to create a dramatic arrangement.
Scabiosa atropurpurea are a hardy short-lived perennial but many people treat it as annual. It grows to approx 90cm, prefers full sun and grows in moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil.
You need to cut these flowers when they are almost fully open but you can also use the buds which are a feature on their own. Spilt the steams and remove the foliage. Place flowers in cold water that reaches almost to the flower heads, condition overnight. Flower will last up to 7 days. Flowers and immature seeds pods and be dried and used in floral arrangments.
I direct sowed my seeds in autumn and spring. However, if you wish to grow yours in pots, sow shallowly in trays filled with good, moist but freely draining compost. Keeping the tray well watered but not wet, place in a warm, semi-shaded spot and keep temperatures around 20°C until they have germinated. When large enough to handle, pot on into small pots and grow on at cooler temperatures. Gradually harden off before planting outside at 30 - 45cm intervals.