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Giant scabious


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Commonly known as Giant scabious, this wonderful perennial makes a dramatic, yet informal, statement in the border.  Upright stems produce pale primrose-yellow scabious flowers which attract a wealth of pollinators. Although tall, this is an airy plant with finely cut, aromatic leaves and stems, allowing for growing in a range of planting schemes.

Flowers are produced June and July, again in September, if cut down after first flowering.

Looks fab at the back of a big herbaceous border, among large shrubs or trees in a mixed border, or in a light woodland clearing. It’s informal look makes it perfect for a cottage garden.

Likes a rich, moist, well-drained soil, in full sun or part shade.

In windier gardens will benefit from some support.

Cut back to the ground after flowering to encourage a second flush of blooms.

Plants self-seed readily.

Height 2m x Spread 1.5m