Botanical Name: Lomelosia cretica
Common Name: Balearic Pincushion Flower, Scabiosa cretica
Category: Hardy Perennial
Seed Count: 25
Lomelosia cretica, native of the mountainous regions on Mallorca (Spain) and Sicily (Italy) this tough little plant never stops flowering through the warmer months. Formerly known as Scabiosa cretica the pretty pale lavender blue flowers are about the size of a 20 cent piece and are held on wiry stems above the silvery , leather like foliage. The compact growth is shrub like and ideal for smaller gardens or rockeries. The papery, spherical seed heads, follow the flowers and are attractive in their own right. Totally dry and frost hardy. Enjoys full sun in well drained soil. Not fussy on soil type as it grows naturally on rocky cliffs. 60cm H x 80cm W.
Sow Lomelosia cretica seed in spring on surface of moist seed raising mix and cover with grit or vermiculite to the seeds own depth. Place in a propagator or warm place and keep at a temperature of 18-21 degrees C. Keep in a well lit area as this helps germination. Keep moist but not saturated. Germination is usually 10-21 days. Prick out when large enough to handle into 75mm pots and grow on. Plant our young plants after all risk of frost has past.