Balearic pincushion flower

Scabiosa cretica | Also known as: Cretan scabious | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

If your garden is constantly needling you with silent reproach for neglecting it, make it up to your outdoor space by introducing scabiosa cretica or Balearic pincushion flower. There’s nothing not to like about this beautiful plant that has enticing silvery-green lance-shaped foliage and slender stems, which bear lovely lavender blooms that are a treat to look at and will make your garden feel loved again. Balearic pincushion flower is drought-tolerant, likes poor, alkaline to neutral soils that have good drainage and is happy in areas that receive lots of sunlight. This vivacious plant is superb for coastal gardens and wildlife gardens. It attracts helpful bees and butterflies and looks lovely nestled in a border or bed.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.6
Spread [m]
  • 0.4
Dominant flower colour
  • Violet
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Grey or silver
Foliage in summer
  • Grey or silver
Foliage in Autumn
  • Grey or silver
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • basal cuttings
  • division
Growth habit
  • Compact
  • Erect
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z9-11
Heat zone
  • H12-10
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -7 - 4
Heat days
  • 150 - 210
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Wild flowers
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
  • For birds & bees
  • Roses & classics
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Rock garden
  • Containers
  • Meadows
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Cut flowers
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years