Black Knight Scabiosa - Sixalix atropurpurea
The mysterious looking Black Knight Scabiosa, considered a Pincushion Flower, stands out among with a profound presence. WIth deep burgundy flower petals and luminous white stigmas, reflecting a pincushion.
A stunning addition to any garden, with long lasting nectar-rich blooms that attract bees & butterflies.
- Sun: Full - Partial
- Indoors: 4 -6 weeks before last frost
- Direct Sow: Not recommended
- Seed Count:
- Days to Maturity: 90 - 100
- Bloom Time - Late Spring - Fall
- Plant Size: 18" – 24" tall, 12" - 18" wide with 1.5" – 2.5" blooms
- Drought Tolerant
- Attracts pollinators : Bees & Butterflies
- Excellent for cut flowers
- Open Pollinated
Use a dome and heated mat. Keep at 70º.
Keep soil moist while seeds are germinating.
Can grow perennial in mild climates.
For a longer season, start in early spring.
Use a dome and heated mat. Keep over 75º.
Harden off transplants. Can be sown in fall, for
spring blooms, if there are mild winters. Plant in succession for continuous blooms.
If starting seeds indoors, it is key that your new starts be hardened off. This is a process that requires taking them outside during the day, for a period of time, before they are planted. This acclimates your seedlings to the outside world, meaning the elements like the wind and sun. We do it for several weeks to a month as this strengthens their stems and overall plant structure.
- Start for a short period of time initially, then graduate to more time each day
- One week minimum is recommended
- Bring them inside in the early evening and overnight
- Keep an eye on them and constantly water them. Make sure they have not blown over.