Cephalaria gigantea | Giant Scabiosa
Giant Scabiosa, commonly called Giant Scabious, Yellow Scabious, and Giant Pincushion Flower, is a tall, cheery perennial plant that’s native to moist meadows and mountain pastures from the Caucasus to Siberia. This plant grows as a rosette of deeply-cut leaves the first year and then come the second year, it turns into a botanical marvel, reaching 6-8 ft tall with long, wiry stems and pale-yellow pincushion-type blooms that sway in the breeze.
Giant Scabious, because of open, branched stems, it has an airy and open appearance (much like Verbena bonariensis), which gives it an informal look making it a wonderful plant for the back of the border, a mixed border, or for filling in a corner of the garden.
Will rebloom a second time late in the season if dead-headed. Will self-seed moderately over time.
Not bothered by any pests, and the flowers attract bumblebees and others pollinators in droves.
The beautiful, unique color and the 36 inch long stems make this a spectacular cut flower, too!
Hard to find in seed form!
Sun exposure: Full sun
Mature height: 6-8 ft
Mature width: 2-3 ft
Hardiness zones: 3-8