Knautia macedonica 'Red Knight'

Latin Name: Knautia macedonica 'Red Knight'
Common Name: Red pincushion flower
Mature Height (ft): 12-24"
Mature Width: 8-12"

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Mounding, but open and airy when in flower.
Mulch: Organic.

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Perennial with lyre shaped leaves, similar in appearance to scabiosa, native to central Europe. In fact, it's synonym is Scabiosa rumelica. Deep purple red pincushion-like flowers. Knautia macedonica may suffer from our alkaline soil if not well amended with compost and well drained. Will reseed some. Has a pleasant wild look. Popular with nectar feeding insects. Deadheading doesn’t seem to be necessary.

Use in Garden

Sun, sun/part shade location near the front of a medium water-use border. For use in a red garden.


Topdress with 1 inch of compost in spring and fall.