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Kew Pollination Collection Scabious 'Perfection Blue'


Pale blue pincushion flowers that associate beautifully with swaying grasses and other perennials in late summer.

Scabious, which isn't the most attractive Latin name, is more lovingly referred to as the butterfly flower owing to its nectar-rich blooms. Scabious ‘Perfection Blue’ is easy to grow and once established requires virtually no maintenance. This flower is a lovely choice for a sunny spot in the garden and makes a pleasing cut flower too. 

  • Sow February to June
  • Height: 60cm. Spread: 45cm
  • 1 packet contains approximately 25 seeds
  • A great companion for wild marjoram in a wildflower meadow

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Sow Scabious in trays indoors from February to June. Scatter seed on the surface of lightly-firmed, moist seed compost and cover with a very light sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place the seed tray in a propagator at a temperature of 21-24C or seal it inside a polythene bag. Keep the soil damp but not wet. Do not exclude light as this aids germination. This usually takes 10-30 days. 

When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant into 7cm pots and grow them on in cooler conditions until large enough to plant outdoors. When scabious plants are well grown and all risk of frost has passed, acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 to 10 days. Transplant outdoors in well-drained, neutral to alkaline (chalky) soil that is not excessively wet in winter, at a distance of 30cm apart.

Water until fully established. Deadhead faded flowers to encourage more blooms. Lift and divide overcrowded clumps in spring using a spade or Hori Hori.


A great many of our favourite garden plants can be harmful if eaten or handled without gloves. This is rarely a cause for concern but it's always good to know what you are dealing with.

Scabious is considered to present a particularly low allergy risk and should be safe for most people to grow.

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Thompson & Morgan

With over 160 years of experience, seed merchants Thompson & Morgan know a thing or two about plants and flowers. They are often the first to introduce gardeners to exciting new varieties.

The Kew Pollinators range of seeds has been specially created alongside experts at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to attract and support a wide range of pollinators, including bees, butterflies and beetles. Helping these pollinators to thrive is hugely important for our natural eco-systems as well as the health and productivity of our gardens. The seeds, in their striking packaging inspired by artwork from the Kew archives, will help to create an environment where pollinators thrive, with varieties chosen to help a wide range of different insects.

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