Scabiosa africana

Scabiosa africana
Scabiosa africana

Common names: Cape scabious, pincushion (English). 
Botanical name: Scabiosa africana

The Cape scabious, Scabiosa africana, is a stunning perennial plant that produces large, mauve flowers that attract bees and butterflies. It is native to the fynbos region of South Africa, where it grows on sheltered sandstone slopes. It has evergreen, velvety leaves that form a mound at the base of the plant. Scabiosa africana has medicinal uses, as the roots and leaves are used to treat colic and heartburn. It is also a popular cut flower and a fast-growing garden plant that can tolerate sun or semi-shade and needs well-drained soil. Scabiosa africana is easy to propagate from seed or cuttings and will flower in its first year.

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Family: Caprifoliaceae
Type: ground cover
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