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Scabiosa incisa

Family: Dipsacaceae

Common names: Coast scabious (E); Koringblommetjie (A); Iyeza lamehlo (X);

Native to: Southern Africa
Groundcover, Perennial
A long-flowering perrenial ideal for adding colour and attracting wildlife

Scabiosa incisa

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

SEMI-SHADE

SEMI FROST HARDY

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

40m x 46m
FLOWERING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Scabiosa incisa

DESCRIPTION

Scabiosa incisa is a rewarding, long-flowering perrenial with mauve-pink coloured flower heads on long stalks. The leaves differ from the closely related S. africana in that they are more incised (more ‘shredded’ in appearance). The flowers attract numerous insects, especially butterflies, as well as crab spiders which use the flower heads as hunting pads to catch unwary prey, and are suprising camouflaged. S incisa is fast growing and once established does well in a waterwise garden, although the plants can become a bit unruly after a season or two and can be cut back or replaced.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION
Coastal, sandy areas from Piketberg to Grahamstown
WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
An ideal plant for attracting butterflies to the garden, as well other creatures, including crab spiders. The spiders use the flower heads as hunting pads, and are a delight to watch, but are camouflaged and easily overlooked.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Once established it requires minimal watering and is ideal for a waterwise garden
MAINTENANCE
Scabiosa incisa can spread into surrounding plants and can be cut back if required. The plants may require replacement after a few seasons.
LANDSCAPING USES
Great for adding long-lasting colour to the front edge of a garden, or use as part of a grassland-themed garden. Perfect for attracting butterflies and other insects for the wildlife-friendly garden.
GARDEN THEMES
Country, Grassland, Mediterranean, Rockery
FLOWERS
FOLIAGE
FURTHER READING


ONLINE REFERENCES & RESOURCES

http://pza.sanbi.org/scabiosa-incisa

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