Uncommon relative of Scabious and Knautia with similarly shaped flowers and seed heads. The leaves are long and narrow unlike either of the above. You may find the plants variously and incorrectly under names like Scabiosa lucida or Scabiosa australis.
Completely hardy. Easy to propagate as the stems readily root on contact with the soil
A member of the Dipsacaceae (Teasel) family.
Spreading clumps of long narrow leaves. The globular flowers are about 1/2in across and held on stems above the foliage (flowering height about 2ft). Flowers from July onwards.
Read our Garden Diary entry for August 2009 with planting ideas for this lovely plant.
Price £4.50 (9cm pot).