Giant scabious - imposing, but not cumbersome!
Cephalaria gigantea is native to the Caucasus and northern Turkey where it grows in wet meadows and banks of streams at altitudes of between 1500 and 2600 metres. Like Verbena bonariensis, giant scabious is useful for giving height to the back of a mixed-border or as an addition to a bed of grasses (Miscanthus, Panicum).
Its floral heads are about six centimetres in diameter and borne on tall, graceful stems which can reach up to 2.5 metres in height!
The soft, pale yellow pompom flowers appear in June and bloom until August. Nectar-producing flowers.
Grow Cephalaria gigantea preferably in the sun in good, fertile, moist and well-drained garden soil. Avoid heavy, clay soils which are wet in winter.
Maintenance: cutting the dried inflorescences reduces its natural reseeding.
Synonym: Cephalaria caucasica, Cephalaria tatarica, Scabiosa gigantea
- 12 cm pot
- Hardiness zones : zone 6-10
- Height: 150 to 200cm
- Plant spacing: 70 cm
- Flower colour: cream
- Flowering period: summer flowers
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