SCABIOSA atropurpurea 'Imperial Mix' (Pincushion Flower, Mixed) is a popular cultivar of Scabiosa atropurpurea, a herbaceous perennial plant native to Europe. 'Imperial Mix' is highly regarded for its stunning and varied flower colors, its unique pincushion-like flower heads, and its attractiveness to pollinators. It is a beloved choice for adding color and interest to gardens, borders, and cut flower arrangements.
'Imperial Mix' Pincushion Flower typically grows to a height of 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm) and has a spread of about 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm). It has upright, branching stems with deeply lobed, dark green leaves. The leaves add a pleasing contrast to the vibrant flowers.
This species thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. It is relatively adaptable to different soil types, including sandy or loamy soils. Pincushion Flower prefers moderate moisture and benefits from regular watering, particularly during dry periods.
The flowers of 'Imperial Mix' are the highlight of this cultivar. They are distinct, pincushion-like flower heads with a raised central dome surrounded by slender, colorful petals. The flowers come in a wide range of hues, including shades of pink, lavender, purple, and white. The mix of colors creates a beautiful and dynamic display in the garden.
Pincushion Flower typically blooms from late spring to early fall, with the flowering period lasting for several weeks. Deadheading spent flowers can help promote continuous blooming and maintain a tidy appearance. The flowers are highly attractive to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.
'Imperial Mix' Pincushion Flower is a versatile plant that adds a splash of color and unique form to gardens and landscapes. It works well as a border plant, in mixed perennial beds, or as a cut flower for floral arrangements. Its vibrant and varied flower colors make it an excellent choice for attracting pollinators and creating a visually appealing garden.
'Imperial Mix' Pincushion Flower, with its diverse flower colors and unique pincushion-like blooms, is a captivating cultivar that adds a burst of color and interest to gardens and floral arrangements. Its ability to attract pollinators and its versatility in garden design make it a popular choice among gardeners seeking a vibrant and eye-catching plant.
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Scientific Name: Scabiosa Atropurpurea 'Imperial Mix'
Common Name: Pincushion Flower, Mixed
Plant Type: Annuals
Zone: 3 to 7
Native Range: Southern Europe
Full Growth Height: 30-40 "
Width in Across: 20 "
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Fall, Summer
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Pollinators: Butterflies, Humming Birds, Other Pollinators
Flower Color: Mixed Colors (Pink, Blue, Lavender, Crimson, Pink, Rose)
Tolerate: Drought, Deer
Water Requirement: Medium (Keep seeds moist until germination)
Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Well-Drained
Soil pH: 5.8 to 6.8
Uses: Indoor Gardens, Cottage Gardens, Rock Gardens, Flower Arrangements