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We have combined these two powerful search tools into a single Find a Plant service searching over 250,000 plant records.
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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
scabious 'Butterfly Blue'
Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue' Scabiosa Butterfly Blue
Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue Beauty' Scabiosa 'Irish Perpetual Flowering' Scabiosa 'Perpetual Flowering'
Scabiosa can be annuals, biennials or herbaceous or evergreen perennials, with simple or pinnately lobed leaves and characteristic flower-heads with enlarged outer florets
'Butterfly Blue' is a herbaceous perennial to 40cm, forming a mound of ferny foliage and producing pale blue, pincushion flowers over a long period from early summer into autumn
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
SoilChalk, Loam, Sand
pHAlkaline, Neutral, Acid
Time to ultimate height
Grow in full sun and protect from winter wet
Propagate by division or take basal cuttings
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Drought Resistant Flower borders and beds Garden Edging
City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden Coastal Patio & Container Plants Wildlife Gardens
Pruning Deadhead to prolong flowering, cut down stems in autumn
Pests Generally pest free
Generally disease free
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scabious 'Butterfly Blue'
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