Cephalaria gigantea (Giant Scabious) [12 Seeds]


Germination Information: One option is to sow in mid winter to early spring (surface sow, or just barely cover), then set the pot outside so the seeds will naturally be exposed to cool conditions and can germinate when conditions are right. That’s the technique I use in my PA garden and find it gives the best results. (This past spring, I sowed indoors on March 12 and didn’t see any action by April 10, so I set the pot outdoors then; seedlings started to appear on April 30.)

Another option you could try is to sow the seeds in a pot in warm, bright conditions, either indoors in late winter to late spring or outdoors from late spring to midsummer. If you sow in warm conditions and don’t see any seedlings after about a month, consider giving the pot an artificial chilling period of about a month before moving it back to a bright place.

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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.

Collected in late July 2022. At least 12 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.

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