Scabiosa atropurpurea

Scabiosa atropurpurea_Neal Kramer
Photo by Neal Kramer

Common names: pincushion flower

Scabiosa atropurpurea (pincushion flower) is a herb/ (family Dipsacaceae) with red to purple flowers and narrow leaves found in the Central Valley and central and south coast ranges of California. It is native to southern Europe. It favors grasslands. It propagates by seeds which are dispersed by animals.

Cal-IPC Rating: Watch

Cal-IPC Assessment

Plant Risk Assessment - An evaluation of the potential for a plant to be invasive in California.

Weed Management Notes

No Weed RIC Management Notes are available for this species. Check for information on other species in the genus on the Weed RIC site.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

Presentations are linked where available. Where a presentation is not available, find more information by reading the abstract in the Cal-IPC Symposia Archive.

There are no Symposium presentations associated with this species yet.

Other Scabiosa atropurpurea Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - See the distribution of this species on Calflora's map of California.
  • Jepson Online Interchange for California Flora - Information on taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Federal database with information on identification and distribution, and links to websites in individual states.
  • EDDMapS - North American distribution based on Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System.