Clumping perennial herb to about 0.5 m tall. Basal leaves lanceolate, entire, pointed, waxy-blue. Stem leaves pinnately lobed. Flower heads white, blue or lilac, to about 7 cm wide.
House's Hybrids: Flowers crested, in dense blue and lilac heads. [Isaac House Hybrids]
Source: (2002). Dipsacaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press. (as Scabiosa caucasica)