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09/02/2014 at 21:10

If only I knew what it was? I saw one ages ago and have tried to find out its name, then I came across this image...

 Any ideas please?

09/02/2014 at 21:14

Knautia macedonica? Looks like a scabious but reddish purple? 

09/02/2014 at 21:15
09/02/2014 at 21:17

Looks like one of the Knautias LF. Pic is a bit blurry when I enlarge but that would be my guess 

09/02/2014 at 21:18

Snap nut! 

09/02/2014 at 21:20

Must be right then Fairy. Should we mention the mildew?

09/02/2014 at 21:23

Ooh err....

Rarely suffer from it here to be honest...too fracking wet in these here parts! 

09/02/2014 at 21:25

Perhaps LF has it wet as well.

09/02/2014 at 21:33

Is it a particularly rainy part of the country where you are LF?

Scabious always do well here too, and they can also get very mildewy  - same family though.

09/02/2014 at 21:36

Planted in good nutritious soil I find scabious rarely gets mildew now. 

09/02/2014 at 21:38

My soil falls short of good and nutritious, it's gradually getting better though

09/02/2014 at 23:31

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.


10/02/2014 at 16:33

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!


10/02/2014 at 17:37

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

10/02/2014 at 17:57

How many million Knautia seedlings do you want? Spend as much time weeding them out as any weed.

10/02/2014 at 18:06

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.

10/02/2014 at 19:59


Chili black is excellent.  Grown it for past two sasons.  Really unusual .  Mine will grow in very dry soil without any mildew 

10/02/2014 at 20:29

Does Scabious 'Chili black' survive the winter for you Magicalmeerkat and Verdun? 

10/02/2014 at 20:47

So far yes Ashleigh 

Think it's slightly tender tho and with all this rain this winter it could rot 

10/02/2014 at 22:17

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.

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