Knautia 'Thunder and Lightning'?

rouge21_gw(5)April 25, 2012

The pictures I see on the internet show distinctive variegated foliage with deep pink blooms but these same pictures seem to show it to be less than floriferous i.e. not lots of flowers at one time.

Do any of you have any personal experience with this particular Knautia?

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athenainwi

I have three of them that I bought two years ago. I think. They're very pretty and have stayed variegated. They're quite short so you'll need to stick them somewhere you can see them. They flower well for me. Mine have sort of a wine red bloom. My only complaint is that I'd wish they'd grow a bit more vigorously as they're so pretty.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 10:59AM
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rouge21_gw(5)

Thanks for the post athenainwi. So you do gets lots of blooms per plant...good to hear. How long in the spring? or summer does this particular 'Knautia' continue to bloom?

By chance do you have any photos of your 3 plants in flower?

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 12:39PM
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athenainwi

I'll see if I can find pictures. I seem to recall them flowering in June and July but I don't remember if it was the whole month.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 11:24AM
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Campanula UK Z8

generally, variagated plants do lack some vigour - which can be a positive thing (aegopodium for example).

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 11:44AM
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rouge21_gw(5)

I have seen this older stock of this plant in a couple of nurseries and the base leaves of many are non variegated. So it does seem to revert.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 5:47AM
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wieslaw59

My experience with Knautia macedonica is that it blooms all summer long, but not many flowers at any time. Besides, it is not very long lived in my experience.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 12:53PM
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arbo_retum(z5 ,WinchstrMA)

i have lost this fantastic bold foliage plant 3 different yrs. But trying again. Flowers are def not pink, rather crimson/burgundyish. just starting to flower now; use it on bed edge as it keeps very tidy.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2012 at 10:59PM
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