Knautia macedonica

6 × 9cm pots £29.94 £23.96
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9cm pot £4.99
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Buy Knautia macedonica Macedonian scabious: Crimson, pincushion-like flowers

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • 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"

Very happy with these plants


I purchased these plants earlier in the year and they arrived healthy, well packaged and on time. They transferred from pots to their new garden position very well, no signs of stress, and flowered all summer. They are a lovely plant for bees and they give a nice pop of colour with height and transparency, similar to verbena. Although they need to be dead headed through out the season. Luckily this is one of my favourite jobs in the garden.




Wonderful for bee garden


Very hardy plant. Easy to transplant from pots to chosen site. Grow easily in full sun or partial shade. Instant bee/butterfly food source.

Ed's mum



Love this plant


I have 3 of these mid/back of the border. They've flowered throughout the summer. Love the dark pink flowers. I didn't stake them, so their long stems merged into other plants. Tolerated a bit of shade & have grown fast.

Gardening mum

Scottish Borders

Fantastic plant


I love these and bought 3 initially. One did brilliantly, beautiful reddish/burgandy flowers and lots of them, the others were a bit slower. This year two have come back really big clumps and I am buying more to use instead of my salvias which really don't seem to do so well. I am on chalk and they are in a sunny place.

Keen novice getting used to newish garde

South coast East

Lovely, insect-friendly flowers


This is a lovely flower on wispy stems, but for some reason only survives one season in my garden


West Country


Great long flowering plant


This is a lovely plant with a long flowering period.


East Anglia


Definitely buy this plant again


Very healthy plant and a good price too.


Milton Keynes


Super plant for bee garden


These plants were a big hit with the bees in my garden and were super hardy, flowering all through the very hot summer of 2018. They are very similar to Scabiosa, another bee favourite, just a little taller and a beautiful deep burgundy colour. Highly recommend these, they will be a staple in my garden : )




Perfect plants


I ordered two plants to add to existing clump, they arrived in excellent condition and very well packaged. They did flower the first year though not profusely but I expect that this will improve now that they are fully established.


West Yorkshire


Great for pollinators


I'm determined to get a number of healthy plants in the garden because it's a good plant, beautiful colour & great for pollinators but the plants I bought last year struggled to get established during the hot dry summer so haven't clumped up as much as I would have hoped. I will persevere if they come though the winter & I have high hopes for them.





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


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.....


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


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.


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?


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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