Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue'

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Buy Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue' pincushion flower : Delightful pale blue pincushion flowers

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: July to September
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Lovely, lavender blue, pincushion like flowers from July to September held on delicate stems above clumps of lance shaped, grey green leaves. This long flowering blue scabious is ideal for a sunny, well drained rock garden or container planting. As its name suggests, the charming pincushion like flowers are highly attractive to butterflies and they make very pretty additions to fresh and dried flower arrangements.

  • Garden care: Protect young plants from slug damage using environmentally friendly slug pellets or beer traps. Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering and cut back the faded flower stems in autumn.

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Notes on Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue'

"Enduringly popular in the cottage garden, much coveted by bees, butterflies and hoverflies, so a natural choice for the flowering meadow or wildflower garden; also a good cut flower"

Lovely blue flower


I have several of these, and they flower a long time and add that beautiful (and rare) blue colour to the beds. The bees love them!

Cornish gardener



Elegant flowers over a long season


Flowered long and hard from May to September at the front of a border in full sun with very little care needed - great longevity. Rather bizarrely, after a few months of rest, they then started flowering again in November and are still going as I write this in January... Not that I'm complaining!

A Millennial Gardener



Good flowerer


Good, strong growers with prolific flowers. Can be cut back after main flowering for a second flush. Good size for the front of a border. Grow well on my chalky well-drained soil, but, like all Scabiosa, may not do so well on heavier soil. Leaves got a bit mildewy in the hot summer this year, but no permanent damage was done. Only disappointment was that some of the flowers came out quite pink, rather than blue. Not sure if that was something to do with the growing conditions or whether some of the plants I was sent were of a different variety.




Lovely dainty flowers


Bought three 9cm plants in April for a well drained raised bed. They didn't look very robust, but with the support of surrounding plants did produce lovely dainty flowers for a couple of months.




A difficult summer for a new plant


The plants have suffered a lot of stress in this hot summer, they are just about hanging on in there but all have mildew. Maybe next year with a more normal climate (hopefully) they will so better.

Chris J



Attractive and easy to grow


Good grower, long flowering season, has overwintering well and is in flower again. Very cheerful addition to my garden.




Smaller than expected


Potentially planted a bit too late the season but I struggled to get them to take. Flowers were smaller than expected. I planted them too low in the garden and they're barely visible.

bulb novice



Pretty in a container as well as in the border


Last few flowers survived the Winter and new growth appearing now




The plant that keeps on giving


I planted these in containers and they flowered all summer, through Christmas and still have one or two flowers in March! The bees love them. Plants still looking healthy. I did deadhead them fairly regularly. Looking forward to more flowers this year.

South Coast Gardener

West Sussex


I highly recommend this plant.


It is planted alongside Japanese anemones, pale pink roses and other blue & white flowering plants.





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The scabiosa and nepita planted in tubs earlier this year have done very well, but I need advice on what to do now. The garden care section states to cut these plants back in the autumn and I do not know how far back that means. Please advise. Many thanks, Mater


Hello, It really depends on which type of nepeta you have, however the vast majority should be cut back by about two thirds after they have finished flowering. As for the Scabiosa, all you need to do is cut back the spent flowering stems to their base, but leaving the basal foliage intact.


Dear Crocus, I have tried to maintain scabiosa several times, mainly in pots. Each time, they turn brown and die off at the base of the plant. I water regularly. Please help!

Debra A

Hello, These plants tend to be short-lived unless they are in well-drained soil, so your soil may be a little heavy. Also, it is worth keeping in mind that they can get slightly woody at the base, but the key is to pinch this back as soon as it starts to develop, but avoid pruning it too hard into this woody growth as it may not recover.


How early can I plant perennials in tubs in the south east? Many thanks, Mater


Hello, You can plant the hardy ones as early as you like - even in mid-winter as long as the ground is not frozen.


Hi there will this flower come up every year ?


Hello, This is a perennial plant, so it will come back year after year.




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