Meadow of scabious

How to grow scabious

Discover all you need to know about growing scabious, in our practical Grow Guide.

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do Sow in March

Do Sow in April

Do not Sow in May

Do not Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do Sow in September

Do Sow in October

Do not Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do not Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Scabious is a summer flowering annual or perennial plant. It’s sometimes known as the pincushion flower for its pretty blooms.

Although a meadow flower, scabious look as happy in manicured borders, cottage gardens or gravel gardens as in a wildflower mix. They come in a wide range of colours, from white through blue to darkest burgundy. Scabious makes an excellent ‘filler’, looking good planted among grasses or mixed flowering perennials and annuals. The nectar-rich flowers are very attractive to pollinators and the seeds are good for birds. Scabious make lovely cut flowers, too.

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