Sometimes known as “drumstick flower,” Starflower features pale blue flowers that turn into bronze-colored seed heads. Grown usually for the papery seed pods, which are excellent for both fresh and dried bouquets.
Botanical Name:Scabiosa stellata
Light Requirement:Full Sun
Plant Type:Tall green stalks with spherical starlike clusters of pale blue, almost white blossoms. These are excellent for dried flowers.
Features:Open Pollinated, Good for Dried Flowers
Blooms:Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall
Plant Height:Up to 36 inches
Plant Spacing:12-18 inches
Planting Depth:1/16 inch
Sowing Method:Start Indoors
Seeds per Packet:300 mg
Hardiness Zones:3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
How to Plant Starflower
When to Plant Starflower Seeds
Direct sow Starflower seeds about 2-3 weeks before the final frost of the Spring. Starflower seeds can also be started indoors, 4-6 weeks before the final frost date in Spring, after cold stratifying your seeds for 2-3 weeks.
Where to Plant Starflower Seeds
Starflower can thrive in locations that receive Full Sun to Partial Shade conditions, ideally 6-8 hours of sunlight exposure per day. Choose rich, moist well-draining soil for your Starflower seeds – if needed, peat moss and sand can be amended into the soil to help ensure proper drainage.
How to Plant Starflower Seeds
Sow Starflower seeds onto the surface of the soil, and compress firmly. Do not cover your Starflower seeds, as they require sunlight in order to germinate. Seedlings will germinate in approximately 10-12 days.
How to Care for Starflower
Once established, Starflower requires very little care or maintenance. Starflower will self-sow if allowed to go to seed – to control this, deadhead spent flowers before seed pods develop. Cut down growth that dies back in the fall, and clear the debris.
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