Scabiosa atropurpurea 'Black knight' is a short lived, clump forming perennial producing pincushion-shaped flowers that rise on thin stems above the foliage throughout summer and early autumn.
The flowers are a deep maroon, almost black with contrasting white stigmas.
Great for adding height to beds and borders and bees and butterflies will love them too.
|When to sow||Sow indoors Jan to April and August to September.|
|Where to sow||Sow indoors in moist compost filled pots or trays 0.5cm (1/4in) deep and cover the seeds with a very fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place in a warm position (temperature of 15-20°C (60-68°F) is ideal).|
|What to do next||When seedlings are large enough to handle and all risk of frost has passed, acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 to 10 days. Then transplant into final growing position planting them 30cm (12in) apart.|
|Water well until plants are established.|
|Handy tips||Deadhead to prolong flowering and encourage new flower buds.|
|Flowering period||June to October.|
|Uses||Ideal for cut flowers and as a tall flower at the back of a border.|
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