I first came across this plant in a village communal garden and was instantly in love with it. The classic pin cushion flower head which is a ‘must-have’ for pollinators is absolutely beautiful. Typically pale yellow flower heads held up high on tall stems, this is an abundant cottage garden classic.
Where to grow
Cephalaria gigantea (Giant scabious) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.
Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Wildlife.
Plant in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Needs staking in exposed gardens.
Chalky, Loamy, Sandy, Clay (will tolerate most soil types).
Well-drained, Moist but well-drained.
Alkaline, Neutral, Acid.
Full Sun, Partial Shade.
North, South, East, West.