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Ammi majus & Scabiosa Red
Scabiosa 'Red' & Ammi majus Seeds
Scabiosa atropurpurea 'Red' has fascinating dark buds and glamorous pure red pincushion flowers followed by amazing seed heads. It is easy to grow, extremely hardy and produces masses of flowers for cutting. The more you cut the more you get. Sow outdoors in spring for flowers this summer then sow again in autumn. An autumn sowing will produce slightly earlier, taller and sturdier flowers the following year.
Ammi majus makes an ideal companion for these lovely red Scabious flowers either in the garden or as cut flowers in a vase. Ammi majus is one of our tallest hardy annuals with long strong stems, lacy white flower heads and dark green feathery foliage. It’s good for adding height to borders, for cut flower production and attracts pollinating insects too. In fact it's such a great plant that the RHS have awarded it the AGM (Award of Garden Merit).
Two packets of seeds: Scabiosa atropurpurea Red & Ammi majus
Pincushion Flower and Queen Annes Lace/Bishops Weed
Hardy Annuals (Scabiosa is actually a perennial best grown as an annual)
Height & Spread
90cm tall x 30cm wide (3 feet tall x 12 inches)
Sow direct in flowering position in spring or autumn. Germinates at 15°c in 7 to 21 days. In very cold areas sow in modules: Sow indoors in late summer then plant out in flowering position 4-6 weeks later. Sow indoors in spring then plant out in May.
Allow 30cm (12 inches) between plants or 45cm (18 inches) if autumn sown.
Both plants prefer well drained soil in full sun and Ammi will grow in part shade. In cold areas Scabiosa may need protection in winter.
Glamorous flowers produced from June to October as long as you keep picking. Interesting seed heads form if you let them.
Pick early in the morning and stand them in deep water for a few hours before arranging. Lasts 7 days in a vase.
Ammi & Scabious are some of the loveliest flowers you can grow for cutting. These blooms are beautiful in the garden or a vase with lime green flowers and foliage such as Nicotiana and Molucella and Dill. Also lovely with Larkspur.