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Scabiosa columbaria - Dove Pincushion by Megan Noble

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Antrim County, Michigan, USA
Canon EOS T2i – Sigma 105mm

The “Small Scabious” (Scabiosa columbaria ) is native to southern Europe, northeast Africa, & western Asia, where it grows wild, typically in dry chalk grasslands. It is an extremely hardy but relatively shortlived perennial that can look very worn out after a few years, but is sometimes revived by being dug up & divided in early spring or in fall.

The cultivar ‘Pink Mist’ has a lengthy bloom period from late spring or the very start of summer until the first couple frosts of autumn. It grows in droughty poor soil. In our rainy winters it is at some risk of rotting during dormancy. A winter mulch of something like large maple leaves which provide a barrier against excessive moisture during rainfall, or the problem can be ameliorated just selecting a location with extremely sharp drainage, such as a stony ledge. A location in full sun is essential on Puget Sound, but inland or further south it can do well in a little shade. – Information provided by Paghat’s Garden.

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