A large, non-spreading clump-forming plant displays long-stemmed sprays of large creamy yellow "pincushion scabious" flowers over an extended period in the summer. This is an exceptional specimen plant either on its own or at the back of the border.
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.