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Scabiosa 'Drumsticks'
Scabiosa 'Drumsticks'
Scabiosa 'Drumsticks'
Scabiosa 'Drumsticks'
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Scabiosa 'Drumsticks'

Scabiosa stellata
The seed capsules are the main attraction of this cottage garden annual, for they are an artful construction of pleated parchment cups arrayed around the globe-shaped seed heads, each cup showcasing the starry center. Add to cutting and cottage gardens and collect for unique dried bouquets.
SKU #S1523
$3.25
Details
Approximate Seeds Per Packet
22
Lifecycle
Annual
Annual Hardiness
Half Hardy Annual
Mature Size
1.5-3' h x 1-1.5' w
Sun
Full sun
Soil
Regular to rich, well-drained
Season
Summer to fall
Color
Off white petals followed by beige seedheads
Features
Great Cut Flower
Deer Resistant
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Bees
SOWING INSTRUCTIONS
Depth:
Surface sow to barely cover (about 1/16")
Sprout Time:
10-12 days
Seed To Bloom:
16 weeks
Starting Indoors:
Recommended except in longer growing season areas. Start indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost. Cover with a sprinkling of vermiculite to retain moisture, keep at 55-70°F.
Starting Outdoors:
Direct sow a couple of weeks before the last springtime frost.
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
After last frost
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Scabiosa stellata, or starflower, has a secret. The flowers are not why we grow them—they are wispy and the faintest blue imaginable. Instead, it's the ball-shaped golden folded-paper ornaments that develop after the bloom has vanished. An excellent dried flower to grow in cutting gardens and borders with good drainage, they may occasionally self-sow, especially in warmer climates.
Final Spacing:
9-15"
Water Requirements:
Medium Water Use
Watering Details:
1” per week; somewhat drought tolerant once established.
Soil pH:
Neutral to slightly alkaline
Fertilizer:
If soil is poor, mix in a few inches of compost prior to planting. Too much fertilizer can impede blooming.
Diseases & Pests:
Avoid powdery mildew by spacing properly and in a location that has decent air circulation.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
When florets have fully opened or once seed heads have formed and are still shiny golden and green.