Sweet Scabious has never become a popular plant like its perennial cousin, although it has been grown in our gardens for hundreds of years. Once it was only available in dull crimson but there are now varieties in white, blue, pink and purple. The domed fragrant heads are borne on wiry stems and are excellent for cutting. Dead-head spent blooms or dry indoors for flower arranging. &

VARIETIES: The most popular tall variety (3 ft) of S. atropurpurea is ‘Blue Moon’(pale blue). A pink form (’Rose Cockade’) is available but the usual choice is a mixture – ‘Monarch Cockade’. This mixture produces large, double blooms in various colours – similar colours can be obtained with ‘Tom Thumb’ or ‘Dwarf Double Mixed’ which grow only 1/2 ft high.

SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained soil will do – add lime if the soil is acid. Choose a sunny spot.

PLANT DETAILS: Height 3 ft.

Spacing: 1 ft.

Flowering period: July-October.

PROPAGATION: Sow seeds in September or March where they are to flower. Thin to required spacing.

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