Cephalaria gigantea (Giant scabious)

Full Sun
Soil Type:
Most Types

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Plant Details

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 supplied in at least 9x10cm pots. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants planted in bigger pots at the same time. We do not sell 'plug plants' because those need to be grown on before planting. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant. We grow everything we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside.