This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum’s “Life After Lawn” series – 45 can’t-fail, easy-care, low-water plants well adapted to our region and ideal for drought-tolerant landscapes.
Scabiosa caucasica “Vivid Violet”
Size: Up to 7 inches tall and 18 inches wide
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Bloom season: Spring, summer, early fall
Exposure: Full sun
Pruning needs: Little or none; remove spent flowers.
Water needs: Low; once-established, water once or twice a month.
Snapshot: Love purple? You’ll love this water-wise flower. This new, low-growing cultivar produces attractive purple button-like flowers over a long bloom season from spring to fall. A favorite of beneficial insects, the pretty blooms sprout above lacy, green leaves. Use scabiosa along a path or mixed with other lower growing perennials and stand back to watch the native bee and butterflies arrive!
For more on “Life After Lawn,” click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu.