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botanical name:
Scabiosa atropurpurea 'Black Knight'
Scabiosa atropurpurea 'Black Knight' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Scabious, Pincushion flower
family:  Dipsacaceae
characteristics: perennial, scented/aromatic
height: 0.75m
width: 0.45m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: 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:
Very dark maroon, almost black, flowerheads with white tipped stigmas, borne on tall strong stems in mid and late summer. Fragrant. Ferny green basal foliage.

cultivation:
Well drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil in full sun. Dislikes winter wet and may not survive bad winters. Can be grown as an annual.

propagation:
By division. Also available as seed.

usage:
Borders, good in containers, good cut flower

other notes:
Introduced by K. Sahin, Zaden B.V., Holland, 1992

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