I'd like a plant like this...

If only I knew what it was? I saw one ages ago and have tried to find out its name, then I came across this image...


 Any ideas please?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,024

    Knautia macedonica? Looks like a scabious but reddish purple? 

  • Looks like one of the Knautias LF. Pic is a bit blurry when I enlarge but that would be my guess image

  • Snap nut! image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,024

    Must be right then Fairy. Should we mention the mildew?

  • Ooh err....image

    Rarely suffer from it here to be honest...too fracking wet in these here parts! image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,024

    Perhaps LF has it wet as well.image

  • Is it a particularly rainy part of the country where you are LF?

    Scabious always do well here too, and they can also get very mildewy  - same family though.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,024

    My soil falls short of good and nutritious, it's gradually getting better thoughimage

  • Thanks. I do already have some giant scabious in the garden (white/yellow flower). I never stopped to think it might be a red flowering variety (and didn't know they existed).

    I grew a couple from collected seed this year and they were covered in mildew whilst baby plants in the greenhouse, I found bicarbonate of soda solution cured it. But my mature plants grow fine.



  • I have an amazing red scabiosa called 'Chile Black'. I grew it in my last garden and and have just bought one for my new garden.. Take a look and see if that is the one you saw? One of my favourites!


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 11,888

    Knautia is very happy in my garden in SW France and it doesn't mind drought, but scabious always gets mildew and always dies.

  • BerghillBerghill Posts: 2,805

    How many million Knautia seedlings do you want? Spend as much time weeding them out as any weed.

  • I know the one you mean MMeerkat it's a particularly nice one. Beautiful colour.

    BL - isn't it strange how they can be so different! I think Knautia is more forgiving  of wetter conditions than Scabious, but that may just be my own experience.

  • Does Scabious 'Chili black' survive the winter for you Magicalmeerkat and Verdun? 

  • I'm afraid it didn't survive in my last garden, but I think that was more to do with the slugs eating the early shoots as they emerged rather than the cold. I'm hoping this new one will survive, I have that in a plastic greenhouse out of the rain. image

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