Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Swan Cottage Blend’


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Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Swan Cottage Blend’

Scabiosa atropurpurea

Exclusive ‘Swan Cottage Blend’ especially for the smaller garden.

This year I have created a ‘Swan Cottage Exclusive’ blend of my favourite and most useful varieties in a single packet. These premium seeds are normally only available to order separately.

Also known as the ‘Pincushion Flower’, Scabiosa atropurpurea flowers on strong tall stems in high summer. These delicate blooms dance in the breeze attracting bees and butterflies.

Perfect for Weddings and Professional floristry, the blend includes pure white, darkest plum black and juicy berry wine coloured blooms.

How to grow: 
Plants will grow too quickly from an autumn sowing, so we will delay sowing until late winter when the light levels return.

Sow one seed per cell making a small impression in the compost and laying the seed in the dip. As seeds germinate, I find they can push themselves up, out of the compost. Light aids germination so we don’t want to cover seeds. Simply back fill the dip with compost later to secure and support seedlings as they grow.

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Variety:  Scabiosa atropurpurea
Type: Hardy Annual
Position: Full sun
Sow: Spring
Germination: Up to 30 days
Height: 90-95cm
Harvest: June/July onwards
Seeds per packet: 50

Cutting /Vase Life:

Excellent vase life of 7-10 days if picked as soon as the flowers start to open, straight into ready buckets of water. We rest our stems for a few hours in water, this is called conditioning. After flowers fade, textual seed heads will begin to emerge and can also be used in your arrangements.

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