Thunder And Lightning Knautia

Knautia macedonica 'Thunder and Lightning' PP #21,437

Get vivid, purple-red flowers from early summer to autumn frost! Flashy variegated leaves shaped like lightning bolts give a stunning effect when massed at the front of the border or along pathways. A beautiful perennial that is loved by butterflies but usually passed by deer.
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5 - 9

Good to grow!6


Full sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Average Size at MaturityForms a mound of sturdy flowers and foliage 12-15 in. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeEarly Summer through Fall
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleCottage
Growth HabitCompact, Mounding
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Rock Garden, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

Provide evenly moist soil. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Remove old flowers to extend flowering. Cut back to the ground at the end of the season.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5 - 9

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 6

Good to grow!