Scabiosa caucasica likes an alkaline soil, so that antop dressing of hydrated lime, 4 ozs. or more, per square yard, will be of great help. In the first year of planting it may be necessary to use overhead irrigation during dry spells, although much will depend on the type of soil being dealt with. The extra moisture will certainly increase the size of the and length of . Spring is the best and safest time to move the plants.
Theof the blooms is important, and is best done as early in the morning as possible, when the petals are just fully open, before the centre florets flatten. The should be stood in deep water as soon as they are cut.
Varieties: `Goldingensis’ was for long a favourite, but now there is ‘Clive Greaves’, with its large lavender-mauve flowers. There are several others, including Penhill Blue’, a real beauty, taller than `Goldingensis’, and ‘Clive Greaves’ and the newer ‘Malcolm’, dark blue; ‘Purple Prince’ and ‘Vincent’, cobalt blue.
Scabiosa caucasica is also to be found in white, the variety ‘Miss Willmott’ being reliable.