Scabiosa still flowering

Hello, I would like some advice. In the Netherlands we have the same ( almost) no frost winter as you. My scabiosa is still flowering. I’m curious, what would best, cut the flowers to ensure a good flowering in summer? Or let it just be and assume nature knows best..


  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,344

    There are annual scabiosa and perennial types. All my annual ones are long gone but I have a perennial one with some tatty flowers on it. I've left them just in case an early bee is looking for some food. I'll cut them off near to Spring time

  • Thank you. Mine is the perennial, Scabiosa Columbaria. I’ll follow your advice and chop them off when spring arrives.

  • batwood14batwood14 Posts: 56

    I have also still got flowers on my Scabiosa. Some have died off so I just cut them off and the rest I have left, but come spring I will reduce the whole plant down about a third to make it bushier and put on new growth.

  • Thank you for your advice. It would have been a shame to cut it down now, it looks so cheery.

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