Common Names: Scabiosa, Pincushion Flower

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

Availability: June through October

Vase life: 8 to 14 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 41 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 stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Despite their delicate appearance Scabiosa blossoms are very hardy and last well in arrangements. The flowers are nicknamed pincushion flowers due to their prominent stamens emerging from small, round blooms like pins in a pincushion.

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