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Scientific Name: Scabiosa africana
Alternative Names: Coast scabious, Koringblommetjie (Afr.), isilawu esikhulu, iyeza lamehlo (Xhosa)

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  • Perennial
  • Cape Scabious is one of South Africa's prettiest indigenous perennials.
  • It occurs naturally in the coastal sands from Piketberg to Grahamstown.
  • Growing in small clumps, the flower heads stand above the foliage, gently moving with the slightest breeze.
  • The flowers are light purple, mauve or white and they flowers throughout the year.
  • It is a favourite nectar plant for bees, butterflies and hoverflies.
  • Cape Scabious is a low maintenance plant and needs sun and well-drained soil.
  • Good cut flower.
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