Scabiosa - Pincushion Flower

It's said that Scabiosa was named by Carl Linnaeus because of its traditional use as a treatment for scabies. Perhaps Scabiosa and other herbs were steeped as tea in a tub of water for bathing, or the rough leaves might have been used to scratch the itch. I don't know that it actually works for I've never had to use it.


Scabiosa is great for naturalizing, growing in perennial gardens, mixed gardens with bulbs and annuals, and in low borders. Butterflies love it, and birds love the seeds. It's easy to care for and drought-tolerant when established.


To learn more, read our article Scabiosa: Better Than Its Name Sounds.

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