Black Knight Pincushion Flower
- Annual plants grow to 24-30 inches tall
- Dark maroon to black flowers
- Long lasting cut flower
- Tolerates partial shade
- Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States but could benefit from partial shade in the South.
(Scabiosa atropurpurea) These stunning, dark-maroon flowers have enchanted gardeners (and bees and butterflies) since the early 1600s in England, when the variety was called ‘Blackamoor’s Beauty’ and ‘Mournful Widow.’ The honey-scented flowers have blooms that measure from 1½-2.5" and resemble a dark-satin pincushion with white-tipped pins. The versatile variety works well in both borders and garden beds, and its long stems make it ideal for fresh cutting.
Learn to Grow Black Knight Pincushion Flower
Direct Seed: 1/8" Deep
Germination: 10-14 Days
Thin: 8-12" Apart
Light: Sun/Partial Shade
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors one week after last frost. Plants prefer average moist soil. Water during dry spells. Remove spent blossoms regularly to prolong blooming.
Ratings & Reviews
Low germ rate in FL
I live in Central FL and had a very low germination rate on these seeds. I direct sowed some and also tried starting some in peat pots in my green house. Never got any seedlings.
Seed Savers Response: Hi Noel, I'm sorry to hear that this seed did not meet your expectation for germination. We do test germination every year to make sure only the best seed leaves our location. Please reach out to our customer service team to be sent a replacement for this seed.
Took about 4 days to germinate indoor with a humidity dome under grow light. Nearly every seed germinated.