Flowers

Product Profile: Scabious

Written by Rona Wheeldon
August 24, 2016

In this month's Product Profile, we're taking a look at the popular 'cottage garden' flower the scabious, which is currently in season.

British lilac Scabious at New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2016

Background

From the honeysuckle family, Caprifoliaceae, the scabious's Latin name Scabiosa derives from the word scabies, which comes from the Latin word 'scabere' meaning 'to scratch'. In medieval times, scabious plants were believed to relieve the itch of scabies and other skin conditions.

There are two main varieties of scabious available at the market: Scabiosa caucasica and Scabiosa atropurpurea.

Scabiosa caucasica has delicate, frilly petals surrounding long, needle-like pistils, which are said to resemble pins sticking into a pincushion. Hence their common name, pincushion flower. Found in white, lilac and violet-blue, they generally comes in bunches of 10 stems and their peak season is May to September. British scabious are currently available at the Flower Market in boxes. 

Scabiosa atropurpurea are button-like flowers with pink, burgundy, deep red or lilac petals and contrasting white stamens. They're sometimes referred to as cottage scabious by the traders. Varieties have wonderful names such as Blackberry Scoop, Raspberry Scoop, Candy Scoop and Marshmallow Scoop! Their peak season is usually April/May to September. 

Types

BRITISH FLOWERS

Scabiosa caucasica

British white Scabious at New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2016

British lilac Scabious at New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2016

WORLD FLOWERS

Scabiosa caucasica

'Staefa'

Lilac Scabiosa caucasica Staefa at New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2016

'Lisa'

Pale Lilac Scabiosa caucasica Lisa at New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2016

'Annabelle'

White Scabiosa caucasica Annabelle at New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2016

Scabiosa atropurpurea

Scabiosa atropurpurea at New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2016

Scabiosa atropurpurea at New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2016

Scabiosa atropurpurea at New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2016

Scabiosa stellata

Scabiosa stiletto at New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2016

Design Inspiration

With informal, 'garden-gathered' floral designs being so on-trend at moment, scabious are the perfect bloom to use in hand-tieds, especially when mixed with other summer flowers.

And, for a bride-to-be with her heart set on an 'English country garden' look, scabious with their wistful, romantic ruffled petals and soft pastel shades are the ideal choice for bridal bouquets, tablecentres, chair backs and pew ends.

And let's not forget the intricate scabious seed heads, which are wonderful for adding textural interest to designs. 

Here are some examples of beautiful arrangements featuring scabious...

By Appointment Only Design Instagram

(Source: By Appointment Only Design

Scarlet & Violet Instagram

(Source: Scarlet & Violet

Tony Marklew Instagram

(Source: Tony Marklew

Jay Archer Instagram

(Source: Jay Archer

Rebel Rebel Instagram

(Source: Rebel Rebel

Wild at Heart Instagram

(Source: Wild at Heart

SuperNature Flowers Instagram

(Source: SuperNature Flowers

McQueens Instagram

(Source: McQueens

Catherine Muller London Instagram

(Source: Catherine Muller London

Zita Elze Instagram

(Source: Zita Elze

Your Designs

Sabine Maurer's scabious bouquet

(Source: Florescence)

We'd love to see photos of arrangements that you've made using scabious from New Covent Garden Flower Market. Simply send an email to info@cgma.co.uk, stating your company name and website address. Or if you prefer, you could post your photo on Twitter and copy us in, by including @MarketFlowers in your tweet.

We'll then upload your photos into this section. I hope you've enjoyed reading this month's Product Profile. Please do ask away below if you have any questions or would like to make any general comments. As always, we'd love to hear from you...

P.S. Have you noticed that some of the traders have started using Instagram Stories, including DG Wholesale Flowers and Zest Flowers? You'll also find us at Market Flowers sharing photos and videos of the Flower Market.

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