Knautia macedonica

knautia

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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    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.

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      5.0

      Bold and beautiful

      By Carrots

      from Staffordshire

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      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.

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        2.0

        A lovely plant

        By Brandon

        from lancashire

        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Gets Established Fast
        • Hardy

        Cons

        • Flimsy
        • Pests & Disease

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        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.

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          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 4/5/2010 by kelly mackenzie

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            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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