Pincushion flower – Scabiosa atropurpurea

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Pincushion flower – Scabiosa atropurpurea

Common Name: Pincushion flower

Botanical Name: Scabiosa atropurpurea, skab-ee-O-sa aht-ro-pur-pur-EE-a

Decorative Life: 5-7 days.

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Family Roots:
  • Member of the Dipsacaceae (teasel family).
  • Native to South Africa.
  • 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.
Storage Specifics:

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.