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Knautia macedonica 'Thunder and Lightning'


Knautia 'Thunder and Lightning' forms mounds of lush variegated foliage with deep magenta pinchusion flower heads for months on end.

Knautia 'Thunder and Lightning' has fully double, deep magenta, pincushion flowers that float above light green leaves edged in creamy white for months on end. The unique, variegated foliage has a sturdy, compact and bushy form on plants that are half the height (or less) of the species. Blooms from early summer to autumn. A dramatic addition to beds, borders and cutting gardens. Large enough for maximum impact in the garden, it is compact enough to be showy in containers. Drought tolerant and deer resistant. A good nectar source for beneficial insects.

Common Name: Crimson Scabious

Family: Dipsacaceae (The Teasel Family)

Zone Hardiness: 5-8

Light: Full Sun

Height: 12-24"

Width: 12-24"

Primary Bloom Colour: Magenta

Secondary Bloom Colour:

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Summer

Soil Moisture: Average

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No



Deer Resistant: Yes

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Among grasses and other perennials in woods and in scrub.


Geogrpahical Origin: Europe and Africa - Europe and Western Russia

Miscellaneous - Garden Origin

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