Knautia macedonica

Macedonian scabious

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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

Val Bourne - Garden Writer

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  • 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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CrocusKnautia macedonica
 
4.6

(based on 7 reviews)

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86%

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Pros

  • Attractive (7)
  • Hardy (6)
  • Healthy (5)
  • Accurate instructions (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (6)
  • Outdoors (3)

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5.0

pretty and good natured

By Shushannah

from Sheffield

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Patio

    Comments about Knautia macedonica:

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

    • Your Gardening Experience:
    • Experienced
     
    5.0

    A fine plant

    By Frank

    from Hampshire

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors

      Comments about Knautia macedonica:

      Fills a large space with a long flowering period

      • Your Gardening Experience:
      • Experienced
       
      5.0

      Great colour, hardy, long flowering season

      By Country Girl

      from Warwickshire

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Hardy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden

        Comments about Knautia macedonica:

        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.

        • Your Gardening Experience:
        • Professional
         
        5.0

        Probably buy more

        By Amberdragon

        from Conisbro

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Hardy
        • Healthy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garden
          • Outdoors

          Comments about Knautia macedonica:

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

          • Your Gardening Experience:
          • Experienced

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful in a mixed border

          By Lulu

          from Dorset

          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Beautiful
          • Healthy
          • Slug Resistant
          • Useful
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden
            • Outdoors

            Comments about Crocus Knautia macedonica:

            I bought 3 of these to plant together and they grew rapidly filling a 75cm gap in a mixed border in no time. All three plants have been flowering profusely and non-stop for about two months now and show no signs of slowing down. I've not had any problems with disease though I do recommend staking them to prevent flopping. They make lovely cut flowers in a posy and are a real asset in the border. I've mixed them with Veronica, campanula wedding bells, Shakespeare rose, some tall grasses and hemerocallis and the effect is very striking.

            • Your Gardening Experience:
            • Keen but clueless

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Bold and beautiful

            By Carrots

            from Staffordshire

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Accurate Instructions
            • Attractive
            • Fragrant
            • Hardy
            • Healthy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Garden
              • Patio

              Comments about Crocus Knautia macedonica:

              I love this plant, the texture of the leaves and the bold colour of the flowers give the border a gorgeous pop, it really stands out. I have mine placed in front of a white flower which gives it that extra oomph. No problems with growth or diseases and pests. It is a treat so will be buying more.

              • Your Gardening Experience:
              • Experienced

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              A lovely plant

              By Brandon

              from lancashire

              Pros

              • Attractive
              • Gets Established Fast
              • Hardy

              Cons

              • Flimsy
              • Pests & Disease

              Best Uses

              • Garden

              Comments about Crocus Knautia macedonica:

              We planted this in September 2012 and the plant grew small and was rife with mildew. After cutting it down in winter the plant grew to over a metre in height and was a very pretty addition to our border. unfortunately after returning from a weeks holiday I was upset to see powdery mildew covering the entire plant. It has been cut down and is now quickly re growing disease free. This is not an easy plant to grow due to it needing staking and the mildew. If you can manage to get this plant growing mildew-free you would have to be very skilled indeed. Although this is such a nice plant I wouldn't want to grow it again.

              • Your Gardening Experience:
              • Experienced

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              • Q:

                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?
                Asked on 1/2/2015 by yakamoz from United Kingdom

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                • Plant Doctor

                  A:

                  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

                  Answered on 2/2/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
              • Q:

                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
                Asked on 5/4/2010 by kelly mackenzie

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                • A:

                  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

                  Answered on 6/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
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