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Cape scabiosa

Scabiosa africana

Pincushion flower(Eng.), Kaapse koringblommetjie(Afr.)

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Hardy flowering plant from the Fynbos biome. A popular groundcover and perrenial with wonderful long stems loaded with dainty purple or white flowers that swing in the wind above clumps of green leaves that easily spread.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Autumn, Spring
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Cut the flowers or seedheads as needed.

Propagation

Division
Divide clumps and replant immediately.
Seed
Sow seed in the Spring.
Cuttings
Take cuttings from a stem with a few leaves attached and replant to root.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Including butterfies and bees.

Geography

Origin
South Africa, sandy slopes of Western Cape.
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Notes
Medicinal, compost activator, soil conditioner, insect repellant

Personality

Family
Dipsacaceae
Flower colour
White and purples
Scent
None

Problems

Relative problem free.

Companion plants

Cucumbers, gourds, sweetcorn, tomatoes

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