Common Names: Scabiosa, Pincushion Flower

Botanical names: Scabiosa, (skab-ee-OH-sah)

Availability: June through October

Vase life: 5 to 7 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Round single flowers, 2 to 3 inches across, with overlapping papery petals.

Color: Blue, lavender, white, and pink

Botanical facts: The name is from the Latin word scabies meaning itch. The leaves of the scabiosa were said to cure the itch.

Design notes: These light and airy blossoms add a delicate touch to mixed arrangements. Useful as a mass flower.

Purchasing hints: Purchase fully opened flowers in full color.

Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the waterline. Cut with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage or usage.