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Cephalaria gigantea

by Sarah - May 26th, 2011.
Filed under: Crocus.

Cephalaria gigantea
Cephalaria gigantea

Bees love this plant!
It thrives on root division so don’t move it! It grows tall so best placed at the back of a sunny border so it doesn’t shade anything.

Position: full sun or partial shade
Soil: fertile, moist but well-drained
Rate of growth: average
Flowering period: June to August
Hardiness: fully hardy

A close relative of Scabiosa, this tall, clump-forming perennial produces primrose-yellow flowerheads throughout the summer on stout, upright stems.The flowers are loved by bees and other beneficial insects, and the plants have a tendancy to self-seed if not dead-headed regularly. Plant it at the back of a mixed or herbaceous border, or combine it with taller ornamental grasses in a prairie-style style setting.

Garden care: Deadhead regularly throughout the summer to prolong flowering. In autumn cut the plant back down to the ground and compost the dead stems.