Pincushion Flower

Scabiosa atropurpurea

[scabiosa_atropurpurea]

When Thomas Jefferson requested roots and bulbs of the "Mourning bride" from his friend and neighbor, Isaac Coles, in 1811, he may have been referring to the Pincushion Flower. Also known as Scabiosa because of its skin-healing medicinal qualities, and Mourning bride because of its association with grieving widows in eighteenth-century England, Pincushion Flower was sold by Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon in 1804.

Growth Type: Annual Color(s): Pink, Purple, White Hardiness Zones: 1 - 10 Location at Monticello: West Lawn Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it:

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Blooming Dates 2001: Jun 20 – Aug 312002: Jun 28 – Oct 92003: Jul 4 – Aug 282004: Jun 16 – Nov 122005: Jul 1 – Nov 222006: Jun 16 – Nov 152007: Jul 6 – Sep 72008: Jun 24 – Aug 292009: Jul 8 – Sep 12010: Jun 28 – Sep 12011: Jun 13 – Sep 292014: Aug 6 – Oct 3