Mars Midget Pincushion Flower

Red is an arresting color in the garden, and with its airy, relaxed habit, ‘Mars Midget’ Pincushion Flower (Knautia macedonica) is irresistible to gardeners and pollinators alike. In early summer, blooms on carefree stems will dance with the wind, but do not flop. Each blossom is made up of crimson petals arranged in bristly bracts, above foliage that forms a tight clump. ‘Mars Midget’ is very striking when planted en masse, and as a cut flower. Plant several to create a large colorful splash – they look beautiful paired with silvery leaved companions. This plant is a favorite for gardens or meadows with damp soil.
Zones5 - 8
Attract Butterflies
Great For Mass Plantings
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Good For Cut Flowers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Water Tolerance
Mature Height 12-18" tall
Mature Spread12-18" wide
Bloom TimeMid summer to fall
Shipping DetailsNow shipping to zones 2-10.
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Item Package SizePlant - 5" Deep Pot

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To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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‘Mars Midget’ is an excellent compact cultivar of Pincushion Flower that produces light, airy buttons of color above low-growing, medium-green foliage in early summer. A lovely, crimson red touch for moist meadows or border edges. Blooms, which look like Scabiosa flowers, are held on thin, sturdy, wire-like stems. Each blossom is made up of crimson petals that contrast beautifully with other meadow favorites such as Coreopsis or Gaillardia. Foliage forms a tight clump and is very striking when planted en masse, or planted with silvery leaved companions. ‘Mars Midget’ is a fairly short-lived perennial, but will attract many pollinators to your garden. A sunny, moist site is preferred, but with regular watering, ‘Mars Midget’ can tolerate average soils. A meadow favorite. 16” tall x 20” wide.
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Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Common Name
Mars Midget Pincushion Flower
Botanical Name
Knautia macedonica Mars Midget
5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Mature Height
12-18" tall
Mature Spread
12-18" wide
Bloom Time
Mid summer to fall
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Average Soil, Sandy Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Soil Moisture
Waterwise, Average
Attract Butterflies, Great For Mass Plantings, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Good For Cut Flowers
Ideal Region
Northeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer
Neonicotinoid Free
Item Unit Of Measure
Ships To Canada
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