Scabiosa Seeds - Pincushion Imperial Mix


Scabiosa caucasica

Double 3" flowers in rose, pink, purple, lavender, maroon, and white appear from summer to frost! Excellent for cut flowers with nice long stems growing 30" to 40", this cut and come again flower will produce more buds the more that it is cut. Fragrance smells like fresh honey. Very attractive to butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds too! Birds eat the ripe seeds in the fall. Full sun. Annual but can be perennial in zones 9-10. 

  • Planting Information
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Average Seed / ozSeed / 100' RowAverage Yield / 100' RowDays to Harvest
Planting SeasonIdeal Soil TempSunFrost Tolerance
After Last Frost65-70°FFull/PartFrost Sensitive
Sowing MethodSeed DepthDirect Seed SpacingSeeds Per Packet
Transplant or Direct Seed1/16"N/A90
Mature SpacingDays to SproutProduction CycleSeed Viability
14-18"14-21Annual2-3 years

Bed Preparation


Scabiosa prefer full sun and well-drained soil. In areas where they grow as perennials, they slowly spread out and take up more area as they mature from year to year, so choose a spacious location where the plant can thrive over time in a bed with other perennial flowers or perennial herbs. Salvias thrive in a hot or cool, dry environment.




Sow seeds in flats indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost. Barely cover the seeds as they require light for germination. Soaking seeds can aid in germination, but is not necessary for good results. Transplant in mid to late spring. Annual in zones 4-8, Perennial in zones 9-10. Water lightly to moderately.




For flowering salvias, harvest flowers regularly and deadhead any that have passed their prime. For culinary and medicinal varieties, harvest leaves in the second year of growth, or sparingly in the first year.




Hang dry in bundles or screen dry. Once completely dried, store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.