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Cephalaria leucantha (Giant scabious)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.5m
Max height
0.8m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Cephalaria leucantha

Other names

Giant scabious

Genus

Cephalaria Cephalaria

Species

C. leucantha - C. leucantha is a clump-forming, deciduous perennial with pinnate, finely-divided, grey-green leaves and long, wiry, branched stems bearing cream to pale yellow flowers in summer.


Cephalaria leucantha is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Branching

Flower

Pale-yellow, Cream in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in Spring; Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Cephalaria leucantha (Giant scabious) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 0.8m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Needs staking in exposed gardens.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Cephalaria leucantha

Other names

Giant scabious

Genus

Cephalaria Cephalaria

Species

C. leucantha - C. leucantha is a clump-forming, deciduous perennial with pinnate, finely-divided, grey-green leaves and long, wiry, branched stems bearing cream to pale yellow flowers in summer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Branching


Colour

Flower

Pale-yellow, Cream in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in Spring; Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Cephalaria leucantha (Giant scabious) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 0.8m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Needs staking in exposed gardens.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

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