Scabious columbaria ‘Flutter Rose Pink’

Small scabious

Scabiosa columbaria ‘Flutter Rose Pink’ is a compact perennial perfect for garden borders, rock gardens, and containers. This plant features delicate, rose-pink pincushion flowers on slender stems, blooming from late spring to early autumn. Growing 10-50 centimetres tall and wide, ‘Flutter Rose Pink’ attracts butterflies and bees, promoting garden biodiversity.

Ideal for sunny to partially shaded areas, it thrives in well-drained soil. This low-maintenance, drought-tolerant perennial adds a romantic touch to any garden. Choose ‘Flutter Rose Pink’ for its long blooming period and charming flowers, enhancing your garden’s beauty with minimal care.

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Origin: Europe, Africa, and western Asia, from Sweden to Angola
Genus: Scabious
Species / Cultivar: columbaria 'Flutter Rose Pink'
Common Name: Small scabious
Synonym: Scabiosa columbaria 'Balfluttropi'

Plant Biography

Scabiosa columbaria, commonly known as small scabious, is a perennial native to Europe, Asia, and Africa. Historically valued for its medicinal properties, it was used in traditional remedies for skin ailments and fevers. The name “scabiosa” derives from the Latin “scabies,” referring to its use in treating scabies and other skin conditions.

Cultivated since the 16th century, it has become popular in ornamental gardening. The ‘Flutter Rose Pink’ cultivar is prized for its delicate, rose-pink flowers and long blooming season. It thrives in well-drained soil and full sun, attracting pollinators and adding beauty to gardens.

Scabious columaria 'Flutter Rose Pink'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 0.1-0.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.1-0.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Deciduous
Sheds all its foliage annually, so for a period of the year it will be without foliage.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Scabiosa columbaria ‘Flutter Rose Pink’ thrives in UK gardens, reaching up to 50cm in both height and spread. This perennial prefers well-drained soil and full sun but tolerates partial shade. Plant in spring or autumn, spacing 30-40cm apart. Water regularly until established; after which it is relatively drought-tolerant.

Deadhead spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming from late spring to early autumn. Apply a balanced fertiliser in early spring for optimal growth. In colder regions, mulch around the base in winter for protection. This low-maintenance plant attracts pollinators, adding charm and biodiversity to borders, rock gardens, and containers.


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