The common name for Scabious is the ‘Pincushion Flower’ because its centre looks just like a mass of pins stuck into an old-fashioned pin cushion. The lavender-mauve Scabious arrived from the Caucasus in the early nineteenth century. Scabious plants are a useful addition to the border for their unusual colour, long flowering period, and because they attract butterflies and moths to their nectar-rich blooms. Scabious is a good cutting flower that is not so bad mannered as to drop its petals on a table or window sill.
The latin name for Lisianthus is Eustoma, from the Greek ‘eu’ beautiful and ‘stoma’ mouth, a reference to their large funnel-shaped flowers. It is a tall herbaceous annual, with bluish green, slightly succulent leaves, and large flowers growing on long straight stems. Cultivated varieties come in blue, lavender, various shades of pink, white, white with a purple center and white with a pink or lavender rim.
Echinops – Globe Thistle – is named after Echinos, the hedgehog. With its height, rigidity, and pleasing tones of silver, blue and dark green, it makes a striking border plant and its spiky flowers are keenly sought after by flower arrangers.
All three of these cottage garden flowers are good cutting flowers that last a long time in water.
FV009 Scabious, Lisianthus, Echinops