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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.
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: 
2001 Jun 20 to 2001 Aug 312002 Jun 28 to 2002 Oct 92003 Jul 4 to 2003 Aug 282004 Jun 16 to 2004 Nov 122005 Jul 1 to 2005 Nov 222006 Jun 16 to 2006 Nov 152007 Jul 6 to 2007 Sep 72008 Jun 24 to 2008 Aug 292009 Jul 8 to 2009 Sep 12010 Jun 28 to 2010 Sep 12011 Jun 13 to 2011 Sep 292014 Aug 6 to 2014 Oct 32015 Jun 15 to 2015 Oct 12016 Jul 4 to 2016 Aug 23
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