How to Propagate Scabiosa
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How to Propagate Scabiosa

This step by step guide shows how to propagate Scabiosa easily creating more plants with their beautiful pincushion flowers. These hardy plants, loved by butterflies are perfect for rockeries and borders.

Scabiosa plants are a part of the honeysuckle family and are also known as Knautia and Succia. Their common names include Pigeon’s Scabious, Field Scabious, Marsh Daisy and Shining Scabious.

They have low growing foliage with pincushion like flowers on tall stems ranging in color from pink to purple. Some varieties are annuals however most plants for the home garden are perennial.

Propagating Scabiosa

Propagation of Scabiosa is through root division. This plant forms clumps as it grows which are easy to divide and create more plants.


Scabiosa will grow in full sun to part shade in a wide variety of soil types and conditions. Heavy clay soils will need to be improved prior to planting otherwise no special soil treatment is needed.

Tools and Materials Needed

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  • Mulch


Time needed: 20 minutes.

How to Propagate Scabiosa

  1. Prepare the New Position

    First prepare the new position by digging a hole with your trowel 4 inches (10cm) in diameter then 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15cm) deep. Water the new hole and the existing plant well.

  2. Assess Which Clumps You Will Take

    Separate the leaves of the Scabiosa. You will see the plant has formed clumps which can be easily separated.

    Finding the Scabiosa Clumps for Division.

  3. Remove the Clump

    Grab the base of one clump then gently pull upwards until it is released from the ground. You will see it has its own root system.

    Removing a pincushion flower clump for propagation.

  4. Plant in the New Position

    Plant directly into the new prepared hole so the base of the leaves is at soil level. Firm down the soil then mulch and water in well. Keep moist for the first two weeks until it settles in.

    Scabiosa Planted in its New Position and mulched.

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As the plant grows more clumps will form. This is a great plant to create a mass planting along a border without having to spend any money other than the original purchase.

Place a clump in an attractive pot for a budget friendly present your friends will love.

Looking for more flower guides? Try this guide to growing Lavender, Pansies or propagating Geraniums.

Are you interested in doing more to make your home sustainable? Try this Homesteading guide.

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