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Starflower Art Pack

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  • Art Pack by Kat Cappilino.
  • Sparkling seedling.
  • First true leaves.
  • Indistinct flowers.
  • Turn into...
  • Incredible seed heads.
  • A few seeds from Ken's pockets. Starflower seeds on the right.
  • Dried "drumstick" pods in a blue bottle dug up on the farm.


Scabiosa stellata
Indulge in nature's geometric delights with this stellar garden flower.

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These intricate flowers have spherical seed heads that can be used to create lovely dried arrangements.

The garden is rich in captivating geometric forms, from whorls of bolting lettuce to the perfectly fluted ribs of okra pods. The Starflower (Scabiosa stellata) adds a new shape to most gardens. Jutting vertically from the base of the plant on long stems, the bracts that accompany the mature seed are papery cones, clustering together to suggest a delicate, lightweight geodesic sphere (hence an alternate name for this plant: Ping Pong Starflower). At the center of each cone, the remnants of the bloom open to form a perfect, thinly stretched star. Starflowers are also attractive to pollinators and beautiful insect garden guests.

Quick Facts

Number of Seeds 30
Spacing in Row 9 to 12 inches
Spacing Between Rows 18 to 24 inches
Planting Depth ½ inch
Days to Germination 7 to 14
Days to Maturity 100
Height at Maturity 24 inches
Width at Maturity 12 inches

How to Grow

Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost or outdoors after danger of frost has passed. Average well-worked garden soil will suffice. It's easy to save seed from this Starflower--just let the seed heads dry out on the stem, collect, and clean.

About the Artist

Artwork by Kat Cappillino. Kat was born and raised in upstate New York. With a BA in Biological Science and an MFA in painting and drawing, the micro-cosmos strongly influence her artwork.

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