Cephalaria gigantea (Giant Scabious) [15 Seeds]

$4.25

Germination Information: Sow the seeds (do not cover; just press into the surface of the growing medium) in a pot in warm, bright conditions, either indoors in late winter to late spring or outdoors from late spring to midsummer.

A few sources claim that the seeds need a chilling period. If you sow in warm conditions and don’t see any seedlings after about a month, consider putting the pot in a plastic bag and leaving it in your refrigerator for about a month before moving it back to a warm, bright place. Or, take the easy route and sow in mid winter to early spring, then set the pot outside so the seeds will naturally be exposed to cool conditions and can germinate when conditions are right.

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Description

Giant scabious (Cephalaria gigantea) bears rounded, black-brushed green buds that open to domed heads of soft yellow flowers atop branching, 5- to 7-foot-tall stems in early to midsummer. The mostly basal foliage stays about 18 inches tall and 2 to 3 feet across; the upright stems are sparsely leafy. Giant scabious is a beauty in a good-sized border and looks right at home in a cottage-style garden. The long-stemmed blooms are also great for fresh arrangements. Snipping off the finished flowers may help to extend the bloom period, but watch out for bees and other insects: they really work the blooms and can get annoyed if you disturb them while trying to deadhead. If you don’t remove the seedheads, you might find some self-sown seedlings in following years. Full sun. Perennial; Zones 4 to 9.

Harvested in July 2020. At least 15 seeds.

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