Pincushion – Black Knight

The scabiosa gets its more common name from the flower’s cushion-like center and pin-looking stamens, which resemble that of a pincushion. The beautiful, full almost-black blooms attract bees, beneficial insects, birds, butterflies​/​moths and other pollinators.

Available only as a plant. Not available as seed. 
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Description

Botanical name
Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Black Knight’

Family
Caprifoliaceaee

Spacing
Space plants 23-38 cm (9-15″) apart. Grows to 60-90 cm (24-36”) in height.

Depth
Only just cover the seeds.

Requirements
Full sun and a moist, well-drained soil.

Germination
Seeds will sprout in 10-12 days

Pests
Never bothered by pests or disease, except in the case of plants weak from being planted in too much shade or in an area with poor drainage.

Timing
Sow early indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost in spring. Transplant seedlings or direct seed outside after frost.

Growing
Successive plantings every 2-3 weeks until midsummer give the best quality flowers and pods. Deadhead spent blooms to prolong flowering.

Harvest
90-100 days

Season
Warm, annual