This almost-black beauty is equally at home in formal and cottage gardens. Scabiosa blooms for an exceptionally long time, is fairly drought tolerant, and is very attractive to bees and butterflies. Long stems are great for fresh cut flowers. Dried seed heads also add interest to flower arrangements. A top-notch garden cultivar since the 1600s when it was known as 'Blackmoor's Beauty' or 'Mournful Widow'.
Botanical Name: Scabiosa atropurpurea
Native: Africa, Asia, Europe
Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 10 and warmer, although usually grown as an annual.
Plant Dimensions: 18"–24" tall, 18" wide
Variety Information: Very dark burgundy flowers reveal contrasting white stigmas as flowers mature, resembling pincushions.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Bloom Period: Summer to frost
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant