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Cephalaria alpina

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Yellow Scabiose or Alpine Scabious (kef-a-LAH-ree-a: al-PEEN-a) Dipsacaceae:

The genus name is from the Greek word kephale, meaning 'a head'. Cephalaria alpina is a clump forming with long wiry stems that can be 3 to 6 feet tall. The clumps are up to 2 feet wide and they can be dived up every few years. Plants fit in well in a mixed border with shrubs and ornamental grasses. Cephalaria alpina starts to bloom in late spring with Scabiosa-like yellow flowers. The seeds are large and easy to sow, plants will bloom the second year.

Zones 4-8

Sow the seeds and thinly cover them with soil medium. Use cool soil temps for germination, somewhere between 41 and 55F. The germination period is irregular, often taking place over a month or two.

30 seeds