Knautia macedonica ‘Red Cherries’ (Pincushion Flower, Scabiosa ‘Red Knight’)

$5.00

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

Sow in late winter to spring or in autumn. Seeds require a period of cold to germinate. Surface sow in pots  with moist soil, barely cover with soil or grit. Cover pot with plastic bag , seal and put into door of fridge for 4 weeks. Take out of fridge, and keep at  approx 10 deg C . Germination takes 14-21 days but can be erratic and take many months. Thin to final spacing of 50cm.  When germinated move to 8cm pots and grow on at 10°C. Acclimatise and plant out.

 

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