Scabiosa grows 12 to 18 inches in height with leaves only reaching 8 to 10 inches up the plant, allowing the bloom to stand out nicely. The bloom is round with the stamens poking through the middle, prompting gardeners to nickname it the pincushion flower. Scabiosa bloom in early spring and continue until the first frost. The flower is commonly planted as a border or in a decorative grouping. Because of the long, bare stems and hardy blooms, many gardeners clip the flowers and use them as decoration around the home.
Purchase scabiosa seeds from your local nursery. Annual and perennial varieties of scabiosa are available. Buy annuals five weeks in advance of the last frost; buy perennials 10 weeks before last frost.
Fill a small container with an equal mix of moistened compost and native soil. Make sure the container has a drainage hole.
Place the seeds lightly under the soil about 5 to 10 cm down, spacing each seed 1 to 2 inches apart. Keep the soil moist but never waterlogged. Check the water content by squeezing a handful of soil--if no water squeezes out, water the soil again.
Store the seeds in an area where temperatures are about 75 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit. You may need to store the container on the top of your refrigerator to reach that temperature. The seeds should germinate and sprout after 10 to 15 days.
Move the sprouts to a sunny area after germination and transplant each sprout to a separate container where each flower is at least 6 inches apart. Do not move the plants outside if the last frost has not passed.
Prepare the soil in the permanent location by mixing rich compost into the garden soil. Add a handful of balanced, slow-release fertilizer.
Transplant the flowers to their permanent location after the last frost. Scabiosa prefer full sun and must be watered every three to four days, keeping the soil constantly moistened.