Regularity: Regularly occurring
Foodplant / pathogen
Armillaria mellea s.l. infects and damages Scabiosa caucasica
Foodplant / parasite
Podosphaera dipsacacearum parasitises Scabiosa caucasica
Foodplant / spot causer
hypophyllous colony of Ramularia hyphomycetous anamorph of Ramularia bosniaca causes spots on live leaf of Scabiosa caucasica
National NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded National Status Rank: NNA - Not Applicable
Scabiosa caucasica (Caucasian scabious) is a species of flowering plant in the family Caprifoliaceae, native to the Caucasus, north eastern Turkey, and northern Iran. Growing to 60 cm (24 in) tall and broad, it is a clump-forming perennial with divided leaves. Pincushion-shaped buds, borne on erect stems, open to pale blue or lavender flower heads, 8 cm (3 in) in diameter, from late summer through to autumn.
The plant is highly attractive to bees and other pollinating insects.
Numerous cultivars have been developed for garden use, in shades of red, purple, pink, blue and white. The cultivars 'Clive Greaves' and 'Miss Willmott' have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
Other cultivars include:-
- Botanica, Einjährige und mehrjährige Pflanzen, Über 2000 Pflanzenporträts, ISBN 978-3-8331-4469-1, paĝe 790 (German)
- RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
- Val Bourne. "Telegraph - how to grow - Scabiosa caucasica". Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- "RHS Plant Selector - Scabiosa caucasica 'Clive Greaves'". Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- "RHS Plant Selector - Scabiosa caucasica 'Miss Willmott'". Retrieved 3 June 2013.
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