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