To the other reviewers: Macedonica always flops!
I don't mind the leaning; I tried hard to love this plant, but each year, the volunteer seedlings increased in number. For awhile, I throttled the unwanted extras, but eventually I had too much exercise for too little value, so I grubbed them all out. It is a pity, since they were jolly little flowers and the deep maroon was very attractive.
I'm growing Knautia in slightly acidic soil with less than full sun because that's as close as my garden gets to the conditions it prefers. Admittedly, the stems are a bit weak, and the plant tends to drape over its neighbors, but it blooms for weeks in this beautiful hard-to-find wine color that blends beautifully with so many other shades.
I grow the burgundy species and the cultivar called 'Melton Pastels', both raised from seed. I love the small-ball shaped blooms on skinny stalks and how long-blooming they are, as well as their ease of care. My only complaint is a tendency to flop, but it may be that my plants prefer not to be where they are. I'll try a new spot this summer for this year's seedlings and see.
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