Knautia arvensis (Field Scabious) [15 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, because they may require some patience. The easiest approach is to surface-sow (do not cover) the seeds in fall to late winter, setting them outdoors in a spot protected from mice so they can germinate when conditions are right in spring.

If you sow after February, consider giving the pot an artificial chilling period of about a month.

It is possible that these seeds could germinate if you sow them in warm, moist, bright conditions. But if you try that and no seedlings appear within 3 weeks or so, then try the artificial-chilling approach above before moving them back to warmth and light.

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Field scabious (Knautia arvensis) forms broad, loose clumps of slender, 3- to 4-foot-tall, branching stems that carry clustered blooms in shades of pink to purplish pink from early or midsummer into fall. It’s adaptable, colorful, and long-blooming and makes a good airy filler in a bed or border; just keep in mind that it is likely to self-sow if not deadheaded. (There are so many blooms that I usually wait until the first flush of flowers is starting to finish, then shear the plants back by about half its height to remove all of the spent blossoms; it then flowers again in late summer to early fall.) Full sun for best flowering. Perennial; Zones 5 to 9.

Collected in July and August 2022. At least 15 seeds.

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