All plants are sold in at least 9cm pots, NOT tiny plug plants!

Cephalaria gigantea (Giant scabious)


Plant Information

Aspect: Full Sun
Soil Type: Most Types
Colour: Yellow
Colour: Cream

An excellent plant for the back of a border. Tall with an open habit, tall willowy stems are topped with large pretty pale yellow-green scabious-type flowers.

Although it needs a large border, the giant scabious always attracts attention with its unusual 5cm (2in) wide, primrose yellow, rosette-like flowers. These tend to weigh down the tips of the wiry stems, giving the plant an informal look that is just right for a cottage garden. The plant also looks good at the back of a big herbaceous border, among large shrubs or trees in a mixed border, or in a light woodland clearing.

Flowers strongly in May and June and then intermittently throughout the summer.

Height and Spread: 2m x 80cm

Common name(s): Giant scabious

Picture: Franz Xaver [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


  • All our plants are hardy and perennial (come back year after year) unless otherwise specified in the description.
  • Every plant we sell is sold established in at least a 9cm pot, although many are in bigger pots. Unlike some nurseries, we do not sell plug plants because these require ongoing care when you receive them. Our plants can be planted in your garden as soon as you receive them, or they can be left in their pots for several weeks until you are ready to plant them.
  • As we grow everything ourselves and cannot just buy more stock when levels are low, there will be times when certain varieties are unavailable until the next batch has grown on.
  • We are not technically 'organic' but, as far as possible, we limit the use of pesticides and chemicals. We are fortunate enough to be situated in the countryside and we enjoy the environment and natural world that surrounds us, so we do what we reasonably can to protect it.
  • For a limited time we are offering free delivery for orders over £50.
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