Scabiosis Flowers

While its name may have unfortunate origins, it doesn’t detract from its delicate overall beauty, popular with butterflies and home growers.

Scabiosis Flowers

Native to Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Caucasus, Scabiosa includes around 70 species[1] of small annual and perennial herbaceous plants that belong to the Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle) family. These plants are mainly recognized by their unique appearance and genus name.

Egyptian Bride Flowers

Scabiosa is derived from the Latin word “scabere“, which means itching in relation to the rough leaves of the plant, which are said to cure scurvy.

Mourning Bride Flowers

Also known as ‘Butterfly Blue’, Scabiosis is a compact perennial that grows typically to only 12-15 inches tall. The long and profuse flowers bloom from late spring until frost.

Pincushion Flowers

The flowers (2″ in diameter) have an outer ring of flat, frilly, lavender-blue petals and a lighter arched central cushion with protruding stamens (similar to the needles of a pincushion).

Star flower Pincushion Flowers

The flowers bloom individually on rigid stalks. Scabiosis produces 2-inch (5 cm) fragrant flower heads in blue, purple, pink, white, or deep mahogany purple. It has finely cut grayish-green basal leaves.

Sweet Scabious Flower

Common names are starflower pincushion, Egyptian bride, mournful widow, mourning bride, pincushion flower, and sweet scabious.

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Key References
  • [1]“Scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue’ – Plant Finder”. Accessed April 26, 2022. Link.

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