Pincushion flower – Scabiosa atropurpurea Share this:Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Shop our Growers Choice Subscription! Shop Now Designed with love! Our Grower's Choice Subscription freshly picked and delivered to your door every month. Shop Now Common Name: Pincushion flower Botanical Name: Scabiosa atropurpurea, skab-ee-O-sa aht-ro-pur-pur-EE-a Decorative Life: 5-7 days. Flower Color: Purple Availability: Fall, Summer Family Roots: Member of the Dipsacaceae (teasel family). Native to South Africa. Not so common 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 mostly thin, 20-28 inches long. Plant is an annual, classed as a dicotyledon. Flowers have fragrance. Storage Specifics: Hold at 36-41F, in solution. Tidbits: 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.