Cephalaria gigantea GIANT PINCUSHION is perfect for adding height in the garden.
But height without using heavy, blocking, overbearing plants.
It is a gentle giant because it is airy, whispy, graceful, and exceptionally tall.
Lemon pincushions in the sky
Soft lemon pincushions rise on stems that seem to reach for the sky from Cephalaria gigantea Giant Pincushion
So the pincushions are borne proudly on widely branched stems, and wave gracefully in the breeze.
And below is a neat clump of attractive mid-green foliage.
Growing: Cephalaria gigantea
– Height with flowers: Lemon pincushions on 120cm – 180cm approx. branching, airy stems.
– Width: At the base is a neat clump of foliage to a diameter of 40cm – 60cm approx.
– Position: Full Sun or Partial to 1/2 Shade.
Because Cepahalaria gigantea, Giant Pincushion is a very obliging, hardy, easy growing plant.
It also quite enjoys the company of other plants.
So plant amongst other perennials or trees and shrubs, where it can billow up to it’s heart’s content.
Hardy & easy to grow
– Water-wise: Cephalaria is not a particularly thirsty or fussy plant. So normal, average garden watering is ample. It can withstand some periods of dry between drinks.
– Soil: Giant Pincushion is undemanding. So it will grow happily in a very wide range of soils. From light sandy to heavy clay, and anywhere in between.
But it does thrive with a handful of lime (unless you live on limestone country where it is exceptionally happy).
– Frost: Cephalaria gigantea is very frost hardy, because it can tolerate frosts to well below -10C.
– Growth: Perennial clump.
– Care: Cephalaria gigantea is an easy care, low maintenance plant.
So the only real work needed is to cut back the tall flower branches after the long summer blooming. And you cut these right to the ground. So leaving the perennial foliage clump.
Plus a handful of fertilizer in spring rewards with even more pincushions over summer.
Cephalaria are hardy plants that are also rarely if ever, plagued by pests and diseases.
Although it is such a tall plant, it rarely needs any extra staking. Because it is so airy the wind just passes through the flexible stems.
So nice to have in the garden
– Fragrant: The lemon pincushions have a sweet scent. And it wafts delightfully on the breeze. Flowers also make excellent cut flowers in a vase (so make it a tall one).
– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees, and other welcome pollinators, just love the nectar rich pincushions.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant:
– Origin: Cepahalaria gigantea hails from a very wide range of native habitats. And so this accounts for such a hardy and adaptable plant. It can be found in the wild from North Africa in the south of it’s territory, to Siberia in the north.