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.
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’.
Size: 16" high x 20" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.