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Knautia macedonica

Knautia macedonica
burgundy pincushion
Knautia macedonica
't ain't a raspberry - just a precocious knautia flowerhead

Common name burgundy pincushion
Family dipsacaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers red-purple summer
Size 2-3 ft
Light full sun
Cultural notes average garden soil with good drainage
From seed germinate at room temperature. only fat, substantial seeds are viable.
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripenslate October

Upright, clump-forming perennial with deep purplish-red, domed scabiosa-like flower heads, with a long season of bloom.

burgundy pincushion
Knautia macedonica
The leaves are dull green, and while I wouldn't call them especially attractive, I find them interesting: different shapes of leaves on the same plant, some divided and some simple. Makes it easy to identify the plants, anyway.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '00 garden. Baggy 70F (30%G)
  2. Seed from '08 garden. Baggy 70F (40%G, 5-17d)
  3. Seed from '09 garden, two attempts. 1. Baggy 70F (16%G, 4-13d); 2. Baggy 70F (40%G, 5-10d). Second attempt used darker-colored seeds.
  4. Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 70F (24%G, 8-11d)

Germination is consistently fairly low, and germinated seeds have only a fair survival rate in my experience. So start many more seeds than the number of plants you're looking for.

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