Butterfly Blue (Scabiosa columbaria) was named the Perennial Plant of Year 2000 by no less than the Perennial Plant Association. It has been one of the many blue flowers that are admired in Ireland. From there, the popularity of the plant and the flower it produces has spread across many other parts of the world. Scabiosa has blue flowers that contain rich nectar, which in turn naturally and logically attract various kinds of insects and bees.
This plant has always been an excellent front-border herb that is usually cultivated along with other attractive bulbs, annuals, and perennials. Its foliage is unblemished and clean almost always throughout the seasons. What interests about Scabiosa the most is its delicate blue flowers that never fail to add softness and color to gardens specially when massed with other plants with bolder colored flowers of yellow, red, and bright pink. The flower of the plant is also looking well along with tones of silver, white, and other shades of blue.
Scabiosa has a rather delicate appearance but it is actually a sturdy plant. There is no need to stake. In summer, butterflies usually find its nectar-rich flowers very alluring. Hence, the common name Butterfly Blue. If you want to enjoy a carefree garden on all three seasons, you could combine this plant with Bath’s Pink and Moonbeam in your garden.
The usually cool flowers of Scabiosa (in lavender blue color) shine outstandingly against the burnished and warm tones of the fall season. It has always been among the last perennials that bear blue flowers. The attractive flowers are mostly admired for their longer-lasting blossoms. Thus, it is an excellent choice if you intend to make smaller flower arrangements grown or cut in attractive or ornamental containers. No wonder this one is among the top long-blooming perennials of all time.
The lacy and lavender-blue flowers of Scabiosia grow up to two inches when they bloom in 12 inches to 15 inches slender stems that are most notable during late spring and early fall. The plant begins to flower during the middle of spring. It repeatedly flowers throughout the entire growing seasons. In specific climates, the flowers could bloom and last until late December.
Stem cutting is how Scabiosa is propagated. Tip cuttings from the nodes should be taken prior to flowering. Such cuttings should be put under mist for about two weeks. In about eight weeks after that, roots could be expected to start forming.
Scabiosa has always been among the old-fashioned favorites. The long-blooming perennial grows best when planted in a well-drained soil. To make the plant produce more beautiful flowers, it should be planted in moist soil in the growing season. Well-drained soil is also ideal for winter survival. However, it usually does not appear fazed even by the scorching summer heat. There is a need to deadhead it to make it flower more. Aside from butterflies, Scabiosia does not usually attract many other types of insects on a regular basis.