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Field Scabiosa 'Thunder and Lightning'

Knautia macedonica

Family: Caprifoliaceae (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info) (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Knautia (NAW-tee-uh) (Info)
Species: macedonica (mas-eh-DON-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Thunder and Lightning
Additional cultivar information:(PP21437, aka Thunder & Lightning)
Hybridized by Laviana
Registered or introduced: 2009



Foliage Color:

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall




This plant is resistant to deer

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Barbourville, Kentucky

Stockton Springs, Maine

Bethesda, Maryland

Compton, Maryland

Weymouth, Massachusetts

Hopkins, Minnesota

Plainsboro, New Jersey

Dayton, Ohio

Sumter, South Carolina

Lake Stevens, Washington

Port Angeles, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 4, 2017, noseykate from SOUTH WEYMOUTH, MA wrote:

One of my favorite flowering perennials in the garden, blooms non-stop all summer, tapering off at last in the fall. Attractive variegated foliage is full and bright, flowers are neat, color goes with most anything. I deadhead regularly which may help with the constant blooms. It grows in the hottest, driest part of the garden, with no wilting or sunscald so far. Overwintered just fine (zone 6a). I have been pleased enough to plant two more in other areas.


On Jun 14, 2013, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I planted two of these last summer--LOVE the color combination and would have gotten more but I was unsure of the zone ratings. Most say zone 5. That hasn't stopped me before, but I usually don't go whole hog until I'm sure they will work here. They looked wonderful and bloomed for quite a long time (I kept them deadheaded). It's too early for them to bloom yet this year, but the foliage is lovely - a full but tidy mound of beautifully variegated leaves. If they bloom anywhere near as well as they did last year, I'll be extremely happy.
Update - late June - everything is 3-4 weeks behind here because of our weird spring, but these are starting to bloom now. There are a lot of buds! In spite of 2-3 times normal rainfall, these do not appear to be unhappy like a lot of my other... read more


On Aug 19, 2012, asb from Stockton Springs, ME wrote:

I planted 3 plants in zone 5b last year (2011). All 3 came up healthy this year, and have bloomed prolifically all summer. However, one plant came up completely unvariegated, and the other 2 have portions that are unvariegated.


On Aug 9, 2012, gardensangel from Suffield, CT wrote:

When healthy, "Thunder & Lightning" is a lovely massive ground cover. However, in the wet and humid conditions of THIS summer, the plants have been prone to a powdery mildew and severe leaf rot. I've already had to completely replace one plant. Several plants are rotting away, while a few others seem to be maintaing their shape and flowers. Not sure if I would plant these again.