Cephalaria alpina is not an alpine plant but an elegant tall-growing scabious relative that is only slightly more compact than its larger cousin Cephalaria giantea. It forms large rosettes of hairy pinnate leaves from which strong, upright, branching stems of pale-yellow pincushion flowers appear in summer. It is perfect for growing in a mixed herbaceous border with other grasses and perennials and makes an excellent cut flower. Like scabious, the flowers are avidly sought by bees and other pollinators, often the blooms weighted down by them. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit.
Ideally grow Cephalaria alpina in moist but well-drained soil in full sun, but you will find this perennial very adaptable – try growing it in drifts with Verbena bonariensis and Miscanthus nepalensis etc. It does respond very well to having the first flower stems cut down, this forcing more branching in the flower stems. Height to120cm.
Supplied in a 9cm Pot.