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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005


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

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    Latin Name

    Scabiosa atropurpurea


    Family

    Caprifoliaceae


    Also Known As

    Sweet Scabious


    Type of Plant

    Annuals

    Bloom Season

    May - September


    Seasons

    Summer

    Specifications

    Max Height: 2'
    Max Spread: 1'

    Uses

  • Annual
  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun

    Tolerances

  • Deer
  • Drought

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies
    Hummingbird

    Colors


    Native Range

    Mediterranean


    History

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


    Other Details

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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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