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Life After Lawn: Get ready for a purple wave

Life After Lawn: Bees and butterflies love this purple scabiosa.
Life After Lawn: Bees and butterflies love this purple scabiosa. Special to The Bee

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.

Purple scabiosa

Scabiosa caucasica “Vivid Violet”

Size: Up to 7 inches tall and 18 inches wide

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.

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