Yellow pincushion flower (Scabiosa ochroleuca or S. columbaria subsp. ochroleuca) is also known as cream scabious and pale yellow scabious. As all of the names indicate, the flowers are indeed a soft yellow to cream color, making this plant a charming companion for the usual blue or pink forms of perennial scabious in a border or cottage-style garden.
Yellow pincushion flower forms airy clumps with small but abundant blooms from early or midsummer to frost. The flowers are held at the tips of slender stems that bob and sway as bumblebees and other pollinators work the blossoms. Height is usually in the 18- to 30-inch-tall range. (If you love the pale color but need a taller plant, consider Cephalaria gigantea instead.) Full sun for best flowering. It is said to be hardy in Zones 4 to 10, but in my winter-wet Zone 6/7 garden, it sometimes rots out by spring. It grows quickly and flowers the first year, though, so it’s lovely even as an annual, and it does tend to self-sow.
Harvested in July to September 2021. At least 20 seeds.
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