Knautia macedonica 'Mars Midget'

Knautia - Knautia macedonica  'Mars Midget'

Common Name: Knautia
Genus: Knautia
Species: macedonica
Cultivar: 'Mars Midget'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Good for wildlife, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained

Deep crimson pincushion-like flowers appear on slender stems from July to September. This is a dwarf variety of the popular perennial that is more compact but still has good-sized flowers that grow up to 5cm (2in) across and will bring long-lasting colour to a mixed or herbaceous border. It's best planted in well-drained soil in full sun and supported with twiggy pea sticks. Although it prefers alkaline soil it will thrive in neutral soil too. It is a magnet for beees 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 well with rotted manure or compost in autumn and keep it well watered.

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