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botanical name:
Scabiosa atropurpurea 'Ace of Spades'
Scabiosa atropurpurea 'Ace of Spades' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Scabious, Pincushion flower
family:  Dipsacaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.90m
width: 0.90m
growth rate: medium
growth habit:
leaf colour: grey-green
flower colour: maroon
stem/bark: grey-green
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-alkaline
minimum temp: -6°C
USDA zone: 9 to 11
description:
Short lived perennial with very dark maroon red, almost black flowerheads borne on wiry stems in mid and late summer. Greyish-green basal foliage.

cultivation:
Well drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil in full sun. Dislikes winter wet.

usage:
Mixed or herbaceaous borders. Attractive to butterflies. Good cut flower.

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