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Pincushion Flower

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.
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Growth Type: 
Annual
Color(s): 
Pink, Purple, White
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
June 20, 2001 to August 31, 2001June 28, 2002 to October 9, 2002July 4, 2003 to August 28, 2003June 16, 2004 to November 12, 2004July 1, 2005 to November 22, 2005June 16, 2006 to November 15, 2006July 6, 2007 to September 7, 2007June 24, 2008 to August 29, 2008July 8, 2009 to September 1, 2009June 28, 2010 to September 1, 2010June 13, 2011 to September 29, 2011August 6, 2014 to October 3, 2014June 15, 2015 to October 1, 2015July 4, 2016 to August 23, 2016July 18, 2018 to September 12, 2018July 25, 2019

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