Knautia macedonica

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Buy Knautia macedonica Macedonian scabious: Crimson, pincushion-like flowers


  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moderately-fertile, well-drained, preferably alkaline soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: July to September
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Deep crimson, pincushion-like flowers are held high on slender, branched stems from July to September. This popular, airy perennial brings long-lasting colour to a mixed or herbaceous border. It's best planted in a well-drained soil in full sun and supported with twiggy pea sticks, since it has a tendency to sprawl. Although it prefers alkaline soil, it will thrive in neutral soil too. It is also a magnet for bees and butterflies.

  • Garden care: Support with twiggy pea sticks or brushwood well before the flowers appear. Cut down to the ground in autumn. This plant is susceptible to powdery mildew. To help prevent this, mulch with well rotted manure or compost in autumn and keep it well watered.

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Notes on Knautia macedonica

"Small wine-red buttons on airy stems on this long-flowering, dainty scabious - it will perform from June until late autumn if deadheaded even in drought"

Excellent long flowerer

5

good long flowering plant for the border

edwina

royston, hertfordshire

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Always love these

5

I often grow these from seed and they take a while to get going. Buying plants from Crocus, they are nice and tall and have flowered brilliantly.

Jo Greenfinger

Glasgow

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Lovely plant.

5

Tall and slender; waves in the breeze. "Savannah" style of landscaped bedding.

Tim

Farnham

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Great when it's first flowering

4

The flowers are a beautiful colour and are much admired. The foliage is also attractive. In my garden Knautia gets mildew by mid/late summer but I still keep growing it because I think the pros outweigh the cons.

Carole

North Yorkshire

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THE BEES LOVED THIS ONE

5

BIT FLOPPY BUT ADORED BY BEES

ANGIE

CAMBERLEY

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Lovely inclusion in a cottage garden style

5

I planted this with Cordyline 'sundowner' and couple of hardy geraniums in a brighter shade of pink, made an attractive mix - needs cutting down after flowering, when it will produce more flowers. If you like your plants standing upright and tidy, don't use this one, the only way you can achieve that is with pea sticks.

Bamboo

London

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pretty and good natured

5

In pots on a sunny patio. Divides up easily and doesn't protest. Little flower heads up already and waiting for the better weather.

Shushannah

Sheffield

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A fine plant

5

Fills a large space with a long flowering period

Frank

Hampshire

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Great colour, hardy, long flowering season

5

Great dark burgundy colour and masses of flowers over a long period, what's not to love. A bit prone to mildew in warm wet summers so keep an eye out but if cut to the ground it will usually come back with fresh leaves and flowers in late summer. Not entirely hardy in cold parts of the country/exposed places but seeds freely so once you've got it you're unlikely to be without it.

Country Girl

Warwickshire

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Probably buy more

5

The plants thrived as soon as planted and continued to flower until November. Can't complain, late bees were able to find a flower.

Amberdragon

Conisbro

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Knautia macedonica

4.7 13

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should I deadhead these? the seed-heads look pretty, but I'd love to prolong the flowering

la54

Hello, Many gardeners will suggest you take the dead-heading route to prolong the flowering, however as you have already discovered, the seed heads are really pretty - and they are a treat for the birds. The decision is yours.....

Helen

Hi, I planted 3 plants last spring and had beautiful flowers all summer. I cut them down in the autumn and mulched. Now this spring 1 of them has started growing but the other two look dead. What's happened? Thanks Linda

Linda

Hello, I suspect that the wet weather has killed them off as although these plants can tolerate low temperatures, they must have well drained soil.

Helen

Hi, I've just read that you should cut this down to the ground in autumn. I haven't done this and it's 1st February. Should I do it now?

yakamoz

Hello there Don't worry that you didn't cut it back in the autumn, but I would wait now and cut it back from March onwards. Hope this helps

2006 Planting Chelsea Flower Show enquiry Hi, I see you have plants available for the current show, but do you have a plant list for the 2006 award winner (Daily Telegraph,Tom Stuart Smith) available as I am interested in buying some of these plants? Thank you for your time, Kelly

kelly mackenzie

Hello Kelly, He did use a lot of plants in his garden - here is a list which includes most. Allium Purple Sensation Anthriscus Ravens Wing Aquilegia Ruby Port Astrantia Claret Carex testacea Cirsium rivulare atropurpureum Dahlia Dark Desire Euphorbia Fireglow Geranium Lily Lovell Geranium phaeum Samobor Geranium Phillipe Valpelle Geranium psilostemmon Geum Princess Juliana Gillenia trifoliata Hakonechloa macra Iris Dusky Challenger Iris Dutch Chocolate Iris Sultan's Palace Iris Superstition Iris Supreme Sultan Knautia macedonica Lavandula angustifolia Nepeta subsessilis Washfield Nepeta Walkers low Purple fennel - Giant Bronze Rodgersia pinnata Superba Rodgersia podophylla Salvia Mainacht Sedum matrona Stachys byzantina Stipa arundinacea (syn.Anemanthele lessoniana) Stipa gigantea Tulip Abu Hassan Tulip Ballerina Tulip Queen of Night Verbascum Helen Johnston I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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