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Scabiosa ⁠— A Nominee for Best Supporting Flower

Scabiosa Bouquet with Ivory and Lavender Roses, Snapdragons and Chrysanthemums

Always ready for their close-up, let’s give a standing ovation to a flower long overdue to take a bow. The headliners of your bouquet shine their brightest thanks to the stunning performance of the scabiosa flower. Scabiosas may not get top billing, but these long-lasting beauties take on their roles accessorizing flawless flower arrangements.

What’s in a Name? Behind the Meaning of Scabiosa

The name scabiosa is rooted in the latin word scabere meaning “to scratch.” While aloe is the most famous plant for healing skin, the scabiosa flower had practical holistic uses in the past. For generations, it was used as a treatment for a range of skin conditions.

That said, scabiosas scratch our itch for complementary blooms to help focus the floral spotlight. For a flower that’s manicured for flawless flower arrangements, scabiosa nails it. 

Scabiosa Facts

When you look deeper into your bouquet past the  flowers, you’ll see just how much there is to absolutely love about scabiosas.

  • Scabiosas have a long-lasting vase life, especially when they’re farm-fresh.
  • They grow in a diverse range of environments including mountainous regions of Africa, Caucasus Mountains and a yellow scabiosa grows in both the Swiss Alps and Western Australia.
  • A variety of scabiosa has roots in the Mediterranean climate of Southern Europe. This makes it a reasonably drought tolerant flower.
  • The scabiosa is the national flower of Mongolia.
  • Scabiosas are one of the few blooms that flower year round.
  • They are popular with pollinators like bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.
  • All varieties of scabiosa have no known toxicity to people, pets or other wildlife. They’re the perfect flower for your pet-friendly home!
  • Scabiosas are in the same genetic family as the honeysuckle plant.
  • The scabiosa is actually composed of tiny florets clustered together, which is why it’s also called the pincushion flower.

Kinds of Scabiosas

Ready for this? There are seventy different kinds of flowering scabiosa. They grow in an impressive color palette and many are adorably named for their color. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Beaujolais – Unfortunately, there isn’t a drop of wine in it, but this flower produces light burgundy and white flowers. Also known as a burgundy bonnet, these scabiosas bloom in shades to match your favorite glass of red. 
  • Pink Mist – These pink flowers ruffle in waves like the last glow of a tropical sunset. Pink mist scabiosas come in color tones that verge on violet and provide a pastel backdrop to your favorite flower bouquet.
  • Black Knight – Add these dark maroon or burgundy pincushion flowers with white stamens for color contrast that really pops. To set the perfect floral stage for deep-colored flowers like dark red or purple roses, the black knight rides in to save the day. Also known as Scabiosa barocca, they’re likely named for the Baroque period of fine art painting known for its dark backgrounds.
  • Butterfly Blue – This wildflower is one of the few true blues without any toxicity to pets or people. They bloom in more of a lavender or purple than blue, but butterflies love them. So do we.
  • Perfecta Alba – This larger variety of white scabiosa is perfect for giving a bouquet volume. It provides a floral canvas that highlights the thematic colors of a flower arrangement.

For a flower arrangement that lights up the room, scabiosas are frequent guest stars in your favorite floral ensembles. They heighten the beauty of surrounding flowers by highlighting the A-list blooms of your bouquet.

Once you see how they tie bouquets together, you can’t help but love scabiosas. They bring volumes of vibrant color that support popular blooms. Next time you see scabiosa in your bouquet, give them a little credit for their incredible supporting role in contributing to award-worthy bouquets.  

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