Knautia 'macedonica'

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Buy Knautia 'macedonica' knautia macedonica: 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: June to September
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Deep crimson, pincushion-like flowers are held high on slender, branched stems from June 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"

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So many flowers!


Bought these to attract wildlife and they are constantly covered in bees and hoverflies. If you deadhead them they seem to go on forever but the seed heads look lovely too. Can get some mildew if planted in thin, dry soil.




Excellent for pollinators


Tough plant that comes back year after year. A variety of bees and butterflies love this plant

Park keeper

West Midlands


Endless flowers!


This has got to be one of the most beautiful perennials I've ever grown. It is only slowing down a little bit now in August, but that is probably due to me not being able to reach it to deadhead properly. It is tall but flowers grow on stamens that are see through so you could get away with mid border position. It is important to deadhead and give some space in the bottom, which can be untidy. Best to have some support either of neighbouring plants or shrubs otherwise will fall over. The colour is magenta or dark red, changes with light. The bees can't have enough of it and it has been flowering since June non stop. I grow it in the sun on moist fertile clay in combination with agastache, echinops, veronicastrum, penstemon, campanula, geranium and loosestrife. It would look fantastic with some of the taller dahlias.




Nice but colour much paler than expected


Very nice, grows back bigger and bigger, pale in colour though. And a bit prone to powdery mildew so must be planted in a sunny spot.




Good plant once established


Planted last summer and has flowered really well this year, bees love it.




A versatile plant which is a great addition to the border.


This is quite a vigorous plant. I deadhead it which some people say you shouldn't do. I find though that it does promote more flowering and in heavy rain helps the plant to keep upright. Is suited to a more naturalistic style of planting.


Stoneleigh, Warwickshire


Bees love this!


Just plant this mid border & the flower stalks will grow through other plants supporting the lovely crimson flowers. Always a favourite with bees




The bees love it.


I bought this last year as a small plant, with no clue what it would look like. (Pot luck). I planted it at the back of the border and it flowered quickly with maroon daisy like flowers reaching about 4 ft on quite strong stems. This year it is more vigorous with more stems and flowers of maroon and surprisingly some pale lilac coloured flowers. (a twofer). Yes you should deadhead for more flowers, but the dead heads look so attractive, like green stars that they are great to add to an indoor display. The bees adore this plant.




Great for mixed border


This is one of my favourite plants for the mid section of a perennial border. It is light and airy and mixes and weaves between other plants giving a pop of colour. The flowers last a long time and it repeat flowers from July to September. Nice informal plant




Always such a joyful plant


This little genius of a plant cant help but cheer-up A sunny corner with its deep and unual colour, this olabt gets the most comments from family and friends





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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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