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botanical name:
Cephalaria dipsacoides
Cephalaria dipsacoides © Deeproot Plant Base    view larger image
common name:  Giant Scabious
family:  Dipsacaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 1.80m
width: 1.50m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: yellow
stem/bark: green
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, clay soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -35°C
USDA zone: 4 to 9
Large perennial forming bold clumps of deeply cut, toothed, dark green, leaves. Pincushion like heads of pale yellow flowers flecked with magenta stamens, borne on tall stems in summer. Seed heads last into winter.

Moderately fertile, moisture retentive soils. Best in sun, but tolerates part shade.
Cut back after flowering to tidy.

By seed or division.

Interesting plant for the back of borders.
Good cut flower.
Attractive to bees and butterflies.

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