Scabiosa, 'Fata Morgana'
(Scabiosa atropurpurea) Unlike its namesake or perhaps in the right conditions just like its namesake, this Fata Morgana is no mirage. It shapeshifts and changes true, from seed to small plant, bud to blossom, creamy white to blushed salmon. It holds power yes, like Morgan in Arthurian stories of old, over bees and beneficials who are deeply attracted to the honeyed scent. But more then all else Fata Morgana is a long, deep drink of exactly the type of composed perfection that quenches a thirst we were unaware existed. That was fun to write! After an hour of reading about Fata Morgana mirages and the powerful Morgan, you too may find yourself in this state. An hour of sitting in a patch of blossoms may have a similar effect. 2-3’, excellent and long-lasting cut flower as well as dried, and long blooming though fall.
90-100 days. UO
Packet: 50 seeds
Product Code: SCA-FM-pkt
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Sow indoors 4-6 weeks before your last frost.
Transplant out after last frost.
Direct sow after last frost.
Note: Germination can be tricky. Patience!
Cover seeds very lightly
10-12 days @ soil temp 65-70F
Average-high. Tolerant to most soil types but prefers well-drained and evenly moist soil.
Loved by pollinators!
Some staking or netting keeps them upright and tidy.
Cut when flowers are in bud stage or just opening and expect a vase life of a week.