View Larger Pincushion Flower

Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

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    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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    These airy, colorful flowers are mildly fragrant and a pleasant addition to the flower border.


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    Latin Name

    Scabiosa atropurpurea



    Also Known As

    Sweet Scabious

    Type of Plant

    Annuals Annuals

    Bloom Season

    May - September


    Summer Summer


    Max height Max Height: 2'
    Max spread Max Spread: 1'


  • Annual
  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Deer
  • Drought

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies Butterflies
    Hummingbirds Hummingbirds


    Native Range



    In 1736, Scabiosa was noted in the Virginia garden of William Byrd II of Westover.

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    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

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