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botanical name:
Cephalaria gigantea
Cephalaria gigantea © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Giant Scabious
synonyms:  Cephelaria tatarica
family:  Dipsacaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 2.00m
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
Robust, branching, large perennial with dark green, broadly lanceolate, deeply cut and coarsely toothed leaves. Pincushion like heads of pale yellow flowers on tall stems in summer.

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.

other notes:
From the Caucasus and Siberia.

pronounced: seff-al-AR-ee-a gi-GAN-tee-a
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