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Knautia macedonica (Macedonian Scabious)

Macedonian Scabious, Crimson Scabious, Scabiosa rumelica


Undemanding, Knautia macedonica is an herbaceous perennial with masses of deep crimson, pincushion flowers, 1.5 in. across (3-4 cm), that bloom in succession from early summer until fall. Attractive to butterflies, they are borne atop slender, branching stems with barely lobed basal leaves but deeply divided leaves higher up. Knautia may be short-lived but will generally self seed under optimum conditions. This airy perennial adds long-lasting color to the garden and performs best in climates with cool summer nights.

  • Blooming from early summer to fall, Knautia grows in upright clumps, up to 18-36 in. tall (45-90 cm) and 18-24 in. wide (45-60 cm).
  • Easy to grow, Knautia thrives in moderately fertile, medium moisture and well-drained soils in full sun. Prefers neutral to alkaline soils. Provide a sheltered location. Drought tolerant and deer resistant
  • Lovely in beds, borders, cottage gardens, prairie plantings or gravel gardens. Good in containers or as fresh cut or dried flowers too!
  • Virtually disease-free. Watch for aphids.
  • Promptly remove spent flowers to encourage additional bloom.
  • Propagate by seed in pots in a cold frame in spring or propagate by basal cuttings in spring
  • Native to central Europe

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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