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Knautia macedonica ‘Thunder and Lightning’
Knautia macedonica ‘Thunder and Lightning’
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Knautia macedonica ‘Thunder and Lightning’


USDA Zone: 5-9

Plant number: 1.299.170

A terrific long-blooming perennial for any well-drained sunny area. This new variegated selection forms a low mound of light green leaves outlined in creamy-white. Tall and branching, wiry stems bear loads of small, reddish-purple pincushion flowers throughout the early summer and into the fall. Compact like K. ‘Mars Midget’. Great in containers and tubs. Attractive to butterflies. Though sometimes said to be short lived, if the plants have excellent drainage in winter they will live for many years. Self-sown seedlings often appear and can be easily moved to a new location while still small. USPP#21437: unlicensed propagation prohibited.

Further details for
Knautia macedonica ‘Thunder and Lightning’

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun
Soil Type
  Normal or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
Care Level
Flower Colour
Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Mid Summer
  Late Summer
  Early Fall
Foliage Color
  Light Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Attracts Butterflies
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Drought Tolerant
   30-45 cm
   12-18 inches
   40-50 cm
   16-20 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate
Disclaimer: This information is presented for reference only. This plant is not currently part of our Heritage Perennials lineup.