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Cephalaria gigantea woody at base?

CraighBCraighB Posts: 708
Hi all, I have grown some giant scabious from seed a year ago and last year they grew very tall but didn't flower. I wanted to know is this plant supposed to have a woody base? It has made me think if I got my seeds mixed up? The base is woody. Is this correct of scabious? The thing is there are buds coming through but they are about 8 inches up the woody part and I read it should be cut to the ground. If I had done that I wouldn't have had any buds surely? Thanks image


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,556

    I think we need a photo CraighB.

    Lots of perennials will make new growth up the stem if you don't cut them back, they make growth from the base if you do cut them. 


  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 708
    Would it be worth cutting it right back to the base now? Even as there are no shoots there? Or doesn't look like any would be there?
  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 708
    I will have to take one tomorrow for you
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,556

    My cepahalaria is very leafy at the base and I didn't cut it back in the autumn.

    Still not cut back.

    Getting very tall but not flowering is interesting. 

    I wouldn't chop until you know what you've got


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 32,356

    I've given up with Cepahalaria, it seeded everywhere with me and the huge tap roots rocket downwards through every clump of herbaceous stuff before I'd noticed they were there.

    They can indeed get very woody. sometimes more then 2" 5cm thick.

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