Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Scabiosa stellata L.

Fully hardy, erect, branching, wiry stemmed, hairy annual with pale blue to white flowers in summer, followed by large silvery-cream seed heads.  To 45cm.  The seed heads are very useful in dried flower arrangements.  [RHSE, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Grown in Britain since at least 1596.  [JD].  Don.  Saint-Hilaire pl.59/1828.

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1845, 1850 and 1857 catalogues [H.15/1845].


Published Feb 03, 2009 - 04:43 PM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 05:37 PM

The image depicts leaves, white flowers and the spherical, silvery seed head.  Saint-Hilaire pl.59, 1828.

Scabiosa stellata L. | Saint-Hilaire pl.59/1828 | BHL

Family Dipsacaceae
Region of origin

Southern Europe



  • Asterocephalus stellatus Rchb.
  • Scabiosa monspeliensis DC.
Common Name

Annual scabious, Pincushion flower

Name in the Camden Park Record

Asterocephalus stellatus 

Confidence level high