Knautia macedonica

9cm pot £4.99
in stock (shipped within 5-7 working days)
3 x 9 cm pots £14.97 £12.50
in stock (shipped within 5-7 working days)
Quantity 1 Plus Minus
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: 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.

Delivery options

  • Standard
Delivery information

Eventual height & spread

Eventual height and spread

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"

  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • YouTube
  • Share by email

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




Did not produce that many flowers.


Planted in a sunny, fertile site, struggled to flower, other Knautia's I have had produced weeks of flowering, so disappointed with this plant. But, will try again




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



4.6 31


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

Crocus Helpdesk


Mediterranean gardens can take on various guises from the rustic and rambling to the formal elegance of an Italian courtyard. However, they all have key features in common, including the use of exotic, sometimes tender, drought-tolerant plants in pots and

Read full article


Indulge a passion for ornamental grasses by creating a prairie- or meadow-style garden. They can be richly planted with native wildflowers or a selection of complementary perennials and self-seeding annuals to create a naturalistic planting effect.

Read full article