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While the genus pays homage to Christopher Knaut, a German doctor and botanist, the species epithet refers to Macedonia on the Balkan Peninsula, where this undemanding pest-free perennial calls home. Knautia’s attractive minimally-lobed green foliage plus charming domed blooms can be ushered into borders, cottage gardens and meadows. They enjoy cool summer nights, moderate moisture and neutral to alkaline soil.

Knautia macedonica ‘Mars Midget’ (P-1118)

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<i>Knautia macedonica</i> ‘Mars Midget’

The deep crimson of this exciting cultivar’s double 2 in. pincushion blooms is rare and intense. Shorter and more compact than the species, sturdy ‘Mars Midget’ generates curving stems, which branch into numerous flowering stalks and hold a seemingly endless supply of the extraordinary color above green basal leaves. Lively on its own, it’s absolutely vibrant with Salvia ‘Sweet Esmeralda’, Geranium ‘Nimbus’ and Kniphofia ‘Gladness’. 

Blooms JuneľOctober

Size: 16" high x 20" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Introduced by Germany’s Jelitto Perennial Seeds in 2019, this tidy nearly-evergreen perennial packs a punch of flower-power. Compact green basal rosettes and slim stems elevate boundless pompom-like mauve flowers that appear with unbridled abandon from summer ’til frost. Well-suited for wild-style haunts, cottage gardens and borders, ‘Midget Mauves’ beguiles bees, butterflies and floral artists, while its easy-care temperament appreciates sunny porous niches.

Blooms JuneľOctober

Size: 16" high x 20" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

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Current Staff’s Favorite Plant

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Our feature plant: Primula vulgaris ssp. sibthorpii

Precious Primulas, Prized Pulmonarias and Fabulous Foliage!

Primulas offer elaborately-crafted colorful blooms in varied shapes,……

including draped bells, candelabras, drumsticks and pincushions. Many Primrose flowers  waft a delectable scent. Second-to-none for the dappled recesses of your garden, these easily grown, cold-hardy Primulas crave well-drained, humus-rich niches with adequate moisture and good air circulation. They can grace containers or be planted in swaths along shady walkways or in woodland gardens. Be sure to peruse our online Primulas.

Prized Pulmonarias……

One of the earliest perennials to bloom, you can be picking their enchanting urn-shaped flowers in February while the rest of the garden still slumbers. Many cultivars showcase an array of mercury-hued dapples, speckles and spots, while others sport solid pewter sheens or striking silver streaks. Easy-to-grow Pulmonarias prefer the lacy light of a woodland setting plus cool moist soil. Our newsletter also includes a handful of other shade-loving perennials that promise alluring foliage. Many of these perennials can be partnered with Pulmonarias for intriguing foliar contrast. You may wish to check out our online Pulmonaria offerings.

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