Not so common relatives include Cephalaria, Knautia, Morina and Succisa.
Flower heads are about 2 inches across with outer whorl of petals and center of less conspicuous flowers.
Stems are mostly thin, 20-28 inches long.
Plant is an annual, classed as a dicotyledon.
Flowers have fragrance.
Hold at 36-41F, in solution.
From the Latin “scabies” (itch), the plant’s rough leaves were said to cure an itch. The specific epithet name “atropurpurea” means dark purple.
At first glance this species looks like a member of the Compositae or aster family.
Recent Research Findings:
Starman et al. (1995) rated this species (‘Imperial Mix’) as being an average to good income producer.