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Cephalaria gigantea

Family: Caprifoliaceae


Native to: Caucasus, Siberia


Type: perennial

Form: erect

Max height: 6.6 feet

Max width: 4 feet


white/off white, yellow




Attracts wildlife: adult butterfly, bee

Exposure: part shade, sun

Propagates by: seed

flowers in summer

Soil type: well drained

USDA Zones: zone 3 -40 f, zone 4 -30 f, zone 5 to -20 f, zone 6 to -10 f, zone 7 to 0 f, zone 8 to +10 f, zone 9 to +20 f

Temp. range: -40 to +30 °F

Water: regular

  • Cephalaria gigantea

There are 96 species of Chephalaria. It is a member of the Caprifoliaceae family, can be found in cultivation, and grows from seed. Cephalaria gigantea grows to over six feet tall, flowers in summer in Zones 3-9, and will thrive in either sun or part shade with a preference for full sun. It prefers regular watering. The root system might be stressed in a container, unless you put it in a very, very large one.

Cephalaria gigantea, GIANT SCABIOUS, is a particular favorite of Vanessa annabella. It is a beautiful plant for a beautiful butterfly. Bees love this plant too.

Vanessa annabella