Scabiosa Seeds - HiGro Mix
- Seed Count: 30 seeds
- Maturity Date: 85-100 days from planting
- Plant Height: 24-36 inches
- Flower Colors: Wide range including blue, pink, and white
- Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil Requirements: Well-drained, moderately fertile soil
- Special Features: Attracts butterflies and bees
- Hardiness: Perennial in Zones 3-7, can be grown as an annual in other zones
History: Scabiosa, commonly known as the "pincushion flower," has a rich history that spans continents and centuries. Originally native to parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa, Scabiosa has been cultivated for its ornamental beauty and medicinal properties. The HiGro Mix is a specially developed variety that offers a diverse range of colors and is designed for robust growth and high floral yields. This particular mix has been optimized for garden performance, making it a preferred choice among both novice and seasoned gardeners looking to add both texture and color to their landscapes.
Uses: The HiGro Mix of Scabiosa is multi-functional in its applications. Most commonly, it's prized for its ornamental use in gardens where its vibrant, pincushion-like blooms act as a magnet for butterflies and bees, contributing to the ecosystem by promoting pollination. The flowers are also long-lasting when cut, making them an excellent choice for floral arrangements. Their aesthetic appeal is versatile, fitting well in cottage gardens, formal flower beds, and even wildflower meadows. While traditionally some Scabiosa varieties have been used in herbal medicine, the HiGro Mix is primarily intended for its aesthetic contributions to the garden.
Growth Habit and Planting Instructions: The HiGro Mix Scabiosa prefers a sunny to partially shaded location with well-drained, moderately fertile soil. To start, sow the seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last expected frost, or directly outdoors when the soil has warmed. Plant seeds 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep, spaced 12-15 inches apart. Water consistently, keeping the soil moderately moist, especially during dry spells. Germination should occur within 10-20 days. Once established, the plants are relatively low-maintenance but will benefit from regular deadheading to encourage continuous blooming. These plants will generally reach maturity in 85-100 days from planting, depending on growing conditions.