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Mariposa Blue Pincushion Flower
Scabiosa columbaria 'Mariposa Blue'
Mariposa Blue Pincushion Flower flowers
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Height: 18 inches
Spacing: 12 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4b
Other Names: Scabious
This variety is a low tufted or mounding perennial with taller stems that bear small sky blue pincushion flowers that mature to lavender; long blooming and perfect for edging, rock gardens, or containers
Mariposa Blue Pincushion Flower features unusual sky blue pincushion flowers with powder blue centers at the ends of the stems from early summer to mid fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its deeply cut ferny leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the season.
Mariposa Blue Pincushion Flower is an herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Mariposa Blue Pincushion Flower is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Mariposa Blue Pincushion Flower will grow to be about 14 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 16 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!
This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to dry locations, and dislikes excessive moisture. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Mariposa Blue Pincushion Flower is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.