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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
description:
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.

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

propagation:
By seed or division.

usage:
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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