Scabiosa Atropurpurea ‘QIS Deep Red’
Years Trialed: 2002
Beautiful rich violet color (10) (also described as deep red or burgundy); Good stem strength (2); Very productive (2); Good stem length (2); Very good; Easy, vigorous plant; Unique deep purple flower heads with light purple stamen; Quality of stems was also good; Looked especially striking in a tight bud stage such a dark color – That gorgeous one, I loved it; Customers love color and texture; Our farm stand customers loved them – Good strong straight stems, unlike previous scabiosa that I’ve grown, these didn’t become all tangled and bent; Long bloom time, reblooms, still blooming 10/15 (Zone 7-8) after several frost, nice bloom size, didn’t mind the dry summer without rain or irrigation; Color was richer in flowers that received partial shade (Zone 10) – We have very bright hot sun especially in August – Nice flower shape and form; Consumers liked them and they sold very well at our farm; Season-long blooms – Still blossoms after frost; Healthy plants; Especially in bouquet work with pinks, apricots, and lavenders – Great texture, both flowers and wiry stems; Much larger blooms than I have seen in Scabiosas before; Very long vase life; Great for fall, Xmas arrangements.
Not easy to cut (4); Flower heads snap off easily during harvest (2); Of entire packet (150 seeds) only 10 plants grew – one began to bloom by 10/1/02 when it was decided to rip them out to make room for winter annuals; Flower heads frequently opened in a non-uniform fashion giving the flower an awkward appearance; None other than the late bloom, 8/30 (Zone 5) – I finally started cutting; Wholesale and retail florists bought very few but said they liked them – Thought the stems to be too short – Relatively short vase life improved with Chrysal OVB; Should have used netting – Flower stems were thin and many; Needs netting; Beginning to bloom now, Oct 10 (Zone 4), strange because the other QIS are almost done.
|Yield (stems/plant)||Stem Length (inches)||Market Appreciation Rating – Wholesale (1)||Market Appreciation Rating – Retail (1)||Market Appreciation Rating – Consumer (1)||Repeat Again Rating (2)||Ease of Cultivation Rating (2)||Average Spacing (in2)|
|Range of Responses||0-50||11-36||2-5||2-5||3-5||3-5||3-5||18-540|
(1) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.
P.O. Box 618
Conway, WA 98238