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Plant details

This hardy annual produces thin, wiry stems. Each is topped with a deep purple ruffled flower, which is 5cm (2in) across with a green edge. The flowers attract wildlife, especially bees and butterflies. Careful deadheading should ensure a constant supply of flowers throughout the summer months. This cultivar prefers well-draining, neutral to alkaline soil and full sun.

Family: Dipsacaceae

Genus: Scabiosa

Species: atropurpurea

Cultivar: Chilli Sauce

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

Flowering period: July to August

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