Seed Saver's Exchange describes this beautiful flower: (Scabiosa atropurpurea) "These stunning, dark-maroon flowers have enchanted gardeners (and bees and butterflies) since the early 1600s in England, when the variety was called ‘Blackamoor’s Beauty’ and ‘Mournful Widow.’ The honey-scented flowers have blooms that measure from 1½-2.5" and resemble a dark-satin pincushion with white-tipped pins. The versatile variety works well in both borders and garden beds, and its long stems make it ideal for fresh cutting."
An annual, direct sow in sun or dappled shade immediately after the last frost. Will grow 24-30" tall with flowers up to 2 1/2" across! A very long lasting cut flower with a sweet honey scent.