Scabiosa


1 entry found.
Scabiosa
Common Name: Scabiosa
Botanical Name: Scabiosa caucasica (skab-ee-O-sa caw-CAS-i-ca)
Decorative Life: Can last 8-14 days and in some cases even longer (up to 26 days).
Post Harvest Care:
  • Treat with an anti-ethylene product. Remove bottom leaves if present, recut stems under water and place into a fresh flower food, hydration or bleach-water solution depending on flower food brand as some brands are no better than water while others can result in a ~40-50% increase in vaselife.
  • High (~3%) sugar in the flower food can be used to achieve the seemingly very long vaselife measurements (almost 4 weeks). To achieve high sugar levels one needs to add sugar to a normal flower food solution. Do not mix flower food solutions to these sugar levels since other ingredients in the flower food will likely be raised to levels that will damage flowers and/or leaves.
Harvest Instructions: Can be harvested in the bud stage when only the outer petals were colored or later when the outer petals were fully opened but the stamens were not yet unfurled. 'Giant Hybrids' can be harvested more open and still last about 10 days.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the not so common Dipsacaceae (teasel family).
  • Native to the Caucasus Mountains.
  • Relatives include Cephalaria, Knautia, Morina and Succisa.
Personality:
  • Flower heads are about 2 inches across with outer whorl of petals and center of less conspicuous flowers.
  • Stems are thin, 20-28 inches long.
  • Plant is a herbaceous perennial, classed as a dicotyledon.
  • Flowers are not fragrant.
Availability: Summer to early fall.
Flower Color: Blue, white, light purple, lavender, creamy-white.
Storage Specifics: 36-41F.
Tidbits:
  • From the Latin "scabies" (itch), the plant's rough leaves were said to cure an itch. The specific epithet name "caucasica" means of the Caucasus Mountain region, between the Black and Caspian Seas.
  • At first glance this species looks like a member of the Compositae or aster family.
  • Don't be fooled by the delicate appearance of the flowers and stems as flowers harvested fully open still can last for about 10-12 days.