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Seeds Scabiosa atropurpurea or Pincushion Flower, Mourning Bride, Mournful Widow, Sweet Scabious or Egypian Rose. This tender perennial or annual is hardy in zones 9a to 11. Long flowering from late June right up to the first hard frost of autumn, Scabiosa atropurpurea is an upright hardy annual, biennial, or half hardy perennial, two to four feet tall, clumping to a foot or so wide. Forklore In the Victorian era, in the language of flowers, Sweet Scabiosa was symbolic of grief, while other species of pin cushion flowers symbolized misfortune at love. S. atropurpurea was worn by widows hence the folk names Mourning Bride or Mourning Widow.
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