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Scabiosa Stellata 'Drumstick'

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Also known as Starflower Scabious or 'Sternkugel', this is a gorgeous mini-work of art.

It is so unusual and hardworking. First, it is truly beautiful as a delicate, pale blue flower which the bees adore and it makes a wonderful cut flower. But leave the flowers and something magical happens, as it becomes an unbelievably stunning seed head....little spheres of otherworldly loveliness.

You can cut and keep the seed heads for dried flower arrangements and if you spray them lightly with hairspray they will last months if not years. I love to use them as beautiful, interesting table decorations.

Scabiosa stellata is a hardy annual and so can be sown in spring or autumn. 

Seed Quantity 40 Seeds

Type Hardy Annual

Genus Scabiosa stellata

Sow Seeds Sow indoors in March-April or September.  Sow onto the surface of good quality compost, cover by the depth of the seeds and keep moist.  The seeds need warmth to germinate.

Plant Out Pot on the seedlings and move to a cooler place before planting out at the beginning of May.  May need staking.

Flowers June-October

Height & Spread 75cm high x 30cm spread

Scabiosa Stellata ’Drumstick’

RHS Plants for Pollinators.

The RHS Plants for Pollinators mark is only given to plants that support pollinating insects.

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