Plant Guide

Scabiosa columbaria

Evergreen clump-forming perennial with basal dull green to bluish green leaves. Pincushion-shaped buds on erect stems open to blue or lavender flower heads about 5-8 cm across during spring, summer and autumn.

Prefers a well-drained, sunny position, but also tolerates shady conditions. Copes with drought and occasional high moisture levels. Very easy to grow and divide. Gradually spreads by itself without becoming invasive.

Looks fantastic when in flower, and makes a great ground cover during the rest of the year. If you happen to have a Wisteria with lavender-coloured flowers in your garden, consider under-planting it with Scabiosa columbaria to create a gorgeous composition for very early spring when both begin to flower. Scabiosa will continue flowering for a long time after that.

Type of plant

Herbaceous - Perennial


foliage to 30 cm , flowering stems 40-60 cm tall

Landscape Use

flower display and ground-cover


  • Temperature: Hardy
  • Light: Low Medium High
  • Moisture: Low Medium
  • Soil: Medium
  • Wind tolerance: Average
  • Coastal tolerance: Average