Pterocephalus depressus

Carpeting Pincushion Flower

Carpeting Pincushion flower is a fantastic groundcover new to cultivation. It blooms beginning in late spring with huge mauve-pink flowers that sit right ontop of the plant's crinkled evergreen foliage. Closely related to Scabiosa (Pincushion Flower). Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
Zones5 - 9
Easy To Grow
Attract Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Deer Resistant
Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
30 to 40"
Mature Height2" tall
Mature Spread15-18" wide
Bloom TimeLate spring to late summer
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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2" tall x 15-18" wide. A distinctive looking groundcover, Pterocephalus is a marvelous species closely related to Scabiosa (Pincushion Flower). It grows as a mat of attractive gray-green crinkled leaves and blooms from late spring through summer with large mauve-pink flowers followed by furry, silvery-pink seed heads. The dense, evergreen foliage tolerates light foot traffic and is a wonderful choice as crack filler in flagstone and pavers. Native to the mountains of Morocco. Introduced to the trade by Laporte Ave. Nursery. Low fertility, well-drained soil.

Flat of 32 plants will cover 40-48 square feet when planted together

More Information
Associated SKUsHC016198
HC014228 (Plant - 2.5" Pot)
Common Name
Carpeting Pincushion Flower
Botanical Name
Pterocephalus depressus
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
2" tall
Mature Spread
15-18" wide
Bloom Time
Late spring to late summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Evergreen Foliage
Soil Type
Average Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount Of Rain
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Easy To Grow, Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Evergreen, Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Additional Information
Plant Select
Ideal Region
West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Suitable Above 7000 ft
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Item Unit Of Measure
Ships To Canada
Planting Guides
Pterocephalus (Carpeting Pincushion Daisy) - a member of a widespread genus of wildflowers found in the Eastern Hemisphere.

Preferred growing conditions
  • Plant in most soil types, including dry clay planted in a full sun location.
  • Mulch with gravel.
  • Water regularly the first growing season to establish the plant. Thereafter, weekly or bi-weekly deep watering is all this plant needs.
  • Deadheading is not needed. Mauve-pink daisies form fuzzy red seed heads after pollination. These can be lightly scratched off to clean up the plants if needed.
  • Fertilize lightly in the fall with a half and half blend of Yum Yum Mix and good quality compost. Spread over the top of the foliage and water-in to push the fertilizer mix through to the ground.
  • Special comments
  • This is an evergreen species that doesn't need to trimmed unless stems are damaged.
  • Plants can be divided if more are needed elsewhere in the garden. Otherwise leave undisturbed.

  • View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
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