Scabiosa atropurpurea 'Black Cat'

Dark, rich velvet, crimson, mini-pincushions on long, wiry stems – a must. All the scabious family are known for their reliability, long-flowering season and fantastic insect-friendly credentials. More
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Dark, rich velvet, crimson, mini-pincushions on long, wiry stems – a must. Gently scented.

All the scabious family are known for their reliability, long-flowering season and fantastic insect-friendly credentials.

Genus Scabiosa atropurpurea
Group/Species atropurpurea
Variety Black Cat
Type Perennial (grown as an annual)
Common Name Pincushion flower, Scabious
Border Position Cutting Garden
Soil Type Neutral - Alkaline
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 90cm (36in)
Spacing 45cm (18in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow in autumn in gentle heat and overwinter seedlings somewhere cool and bright or sow in spring. Prick out and pot on before planting out in late spring.
Care Tips Pick or deadhead regularly. Like all annual scabious, this flowers for even longer if you cut it back hard in the middle of it’s flowering season, reducing the plants by a quarter. In two weeks, the whole lot will be covered in flower and bud again to flower on through autumn. I’ve picked a bunch of these on Christmas Day.
Flowering June - August, 10-12 weeks from spring sowing
Vase Life They will look good for up to 7 days.
Harvesting Flower production: 4-5 months, if picked regularly.
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  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Scabiosa atropurpurea 'Black Cat' reviews

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Reviewed 20th August 2019 by Tineke

Lovely deep color and strong stems. Quite floppy though, make sure to stake them.

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Reviewed 20th August 2019 by Lucy

Good germination rate.Lots of flowers.

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Reviewed 5th August 2019 by Christine

Great combination with the Tithonia

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Reviewed 2nd August 2019 by Nicola

They came up lovely.bees love them.

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Reviewed 2nd August 2019 by Maria

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Reviewed 2nd August 2019 by Lorna

Last year I bought 5 Black Cat seedlings, four of which were white. 15 of the seedlings I raised this year from seed were also white - considerable stock and quality control problems this year with usually reliable SR, and I notice I’m not being asked to comment on stock plants and replacements that were not up to standard.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jill

Germinated. Waiting to see blooms

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Suzanne

Service brilliant, purchase was just a packet of seeds, nothing special

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jayne

They look great, worked well in the jiffy plugs.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Ceri

Wonderful dark colour, but needs staking early in our garden! Good contrast with zingy dahlias

Spacious Black Cat

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Reviewed 3rd May 2017 by Susan Holt

Easy to sow and beautiful cut flowers which look great with cosmos and dill. Even a novice like myself, got brilliant results.