Cephalaria gigantea

Cephalaria gigantea

Giant scabious

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Cephalaria gigantea
  • Common name: Giant scabious
  • Plant type: Perennial

Height: 2.5m

Spread: 1m

  • Features: Aromatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife, Flowers

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Giant scabious, Cephalaria gigantea makes a dramatic, yet informal, statement in the border, bearing stout, upright stems from which pale primrose-yellow scabious flowers attract a wealth of pollinators. Although tall, Cephalaria gigantea isn't overbearing – its finely cut, aromatic leaves and stems are airy, allowing for growing in a range of planting schemes. It looks good at the back of a big herbaceous border, among large shrubs or trees in a mixed border, or in a light woodland clearing. It's informal look makes it perfect for a cottage garden.

Grow Cephalaria gigantea in rich, moist, well-drained soil, in full sun or part shade. In a sheltered location it's self supporting but in windier gardens it benefits from a tripod of rustic poles or bean poles. Cut back to the ground after flowering to encourage a second flush of blooms. Plants self-seed readily. 

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Aspect: East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle, Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

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