General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 60-120 cm
Plant Spread: 24 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: dark burgundy; terminal flowers are in corymbs of 3.
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Depth to plant seed: cover the seeds very thin
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Self-seeds abundantly.

Common names
  • Knautia

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Location: my garden, Utah
Date: 2019-08-03
Location: IL
Date: 2014-07-04
#Pollination Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme) Butterfly
Location: Illinois, US
Date: 2018-06-19
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2019-07-07
vivid yet delicate
Location: Vermont
Date: 2012-07-16
Location: My Garden, UK
Date: 2021-06-27
Location: Zone 5b, Chicago suburbs
Date: June 24, 2021
Location: My garden, Essex, UK
Date: 2022-06-01
Location: Illinois, US
Date: 2018-06-19
Location: all photos from my gardens
Date: 2018-06-25
Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C.
Date: 2012-07-15
Buds and blossoms and seed heads form together, because it blooms
Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C. 
Date: 2009-06-08
What an amazing, compact blossom - with lots of pollen for the be
Location: Cincinnati, Oh
Date: September 2011
A haircut in midseason will bring a second, shorter wave of flowe

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
Location: Darwell Rolling Woods, Alberta
Date: 2015-07-10
Location: Zone 5b, Chicago suburbs
Date: June 24, 2021
Location: on my riverbank
Date: 2011-07-01
Location: Vermont
Date: 2012-07-16
Uploaded by DianeSeeds
Location: DISCLAIMER: This is an old photo from an old phone. I don't know why, but the photos look "deep fried". sorry about that.
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Date: September 2011
Knautia macedonia
Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C. 
Date: 2009-07-18
A gentle take-over plant, in the border in front of the Forsythia
Location: My garden in Belgium
Date: 2009-07-19
Location: Cincinnati, Oh
Date: May 2010
Knautia macedonia in the landscape
Location: SunZone 6a
Date: 2014-05-17
Location: Garden
Date: 2016-07
Bees love knautia

Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
  • Uploaded by vic

Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-06-05
Location: My Garden
Date: 2012-10-10
Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Date: 2019-10-27

photo credit: Epibase

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  • Posted by kqcrna (Valencia, Pa - Zone 6a) on Sep 28, 2011 8:55 PM concerning plant:
    A very pretty hardy perennial. My wintersown ones bloomed the second year from seed. They are tall flowers on very thin stems and tend to flop. Mine is planted at the back of the bed, but probably would be better in the middle of the bed so that surrounding plants would support the floppy stems. After most flowers have faded, the plant benefits from shearing back. They will soon rebloom heavily as shorter flowers. Very pretty in bouquets.
  • Posted by HemNorth (Castlegar, B. C. Canada - Zone 5b) on Feb 23, 2018 1:09 AM concerning plant:
    Knautia macedonica was named after the German doctor, Christoph Knaut, who lived from 1638 to 1694.
    The second part of the name is referring to Macedonia, on the Balkan Peninsula. I'm sure there must be a story here somewhere.
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