Knautia Macedonica ‘Red Cherries’ (Pincushion Flower)

$6.00

This lovely long lasting perennial flowers from late spring to early winter with beautiful rich crimson, densely packed  pincushion pompoms. It is a favorite with gardeners.

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Description

This plant has very bright cherry red pincushion like flowers, which is unusual in border perennials and has a long flowering  season. It continues from late spring  through  autumn and even into early winter. It is one of the very best perennials for borders. It makes a nice neat rounded cushion of leaves and the flowers are held well above the greenery. The flowers are good for cutting. It is an undemanding plant to grow, and will gradually spread to form a good clump.

It is a very popular plant, and is attractive to beneficial insects including bees and butterflies.

Sowing advice

For best results, sow seeds immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. However, one can also  sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, and often wait for spring before emerging regardless of when they are sown. But spring sowing will obviously give them a full season of growth if successful germination occurs.

 

Additional information

Classification

Hardy Perennial

Common Name

Red Knight, Scabiosa Rumelica Red Cherries

Family

Dipsacaceae

Maximum Height

60 cm

Number of seeds in packet

20