Lomelosia cretica
"Balearic Pincushion"
(syn. Scabiosa cretica
)

Native to the mountain regions of Spain and Sicily, here we have one tough heat and drought tolerant as well as poor-soil tolerant smaller-sized shrub. Forming a dense, dome-shaped habit 2’ x 30” across, it flowers abundantly May thru July bearing soft pinkish-lavender 1.5” “pincushions” loved by bees and butterflies. Soft sage-green oval-shaped leaves compliment the bloom color. Persisting for quite some time following the bloom are showy, perfectly spherical seed heads, which are very cool in dried arrangements. Thrives in infertile well-drained rock gardens as well as fertile, sunny mixed beds. Doesn’t mind seaside conditions. Bees and butterflies! Deer resistant.

Annie

Sun/Pt. Sun
Avg./Low Water

Perennial
USDA Zones 9-11