The widow flower is a wildflower that can be found especially on meadows. But you can also plant widow flowers in the garden. Read here how to do it.We find the widow flowers (Knautia macedonica) native to Europe all too often on the edge of the path and the edge of the forest. They bloom in bright pink, red and purple colors and magically attract numerous insects. And although this extremely robust (frost-resistant), easy-care plant has now even been cultivated for garden cultivation, it is rarely received enough attention in the herbaceous border. But today we would like to show you how easy it is to plant this beautiful flower in the garden.
The widow flower is popularly known as sewing pillow, thunder flower or storm flower. The reason for this is that in the past it was said to have greatly increased the storm weather, which is why it was not popular with people.
Planting Widow Flower
The widow flowers, which grow up to 1 meter tall, are often offered as inexpensive potted plants in the garden market. There they are now even available as new varieties in the flower colors white, dark purple (almost black) and violet-blue. I like the red flowering Macedonian variant the best. You can also plant the offshoots of wild plants in your garden bed.
From time to time, the seeds of the widow flowers (for sowing in spring) are also available in specialist shops. In autumn, however, you can collect and dry it yourself outdoors. The seeds should then be sown next spring.
For all varieties, a dry, nutrient-rich, preferably sunny location is preferred. The width of the plant reaches a diameter of approx. 50 - 70 cm, so that a planting distance of approx. 60 cm should be maintained.
The widow flower comes into its own when it is planted in the perennial border in small groups of at least 3-4 plants.
Widow flower - 2 popular varieties
❍ Field widow flower (Knautia arvensis)
|Field scabious (Knautia arvensis)|
|Bloom:||May - August|
|Spread:||40 - 50 cm|
|Ground:||dry to fresh, well-drained, neutral to chalky|
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❍ Macedonian scabious (Knautia macedonica)
|Macedonian scabious (Knautia macedonica)|
|Flower color:||dark red to light purple|
|Bloom:||June - September|
|Height:||60 - 100 cm|
|Spread:||50 - 70 cm|
|Ground:||dry to fresh, permeable|
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Care of the widow flower
The widow flower blooms from May (depending on the variety) and lasts until autumn. The meadow widow flower adorns a wildflower meadow particularly well. You can also put the beautiful flowers in a vase as cut flowers.
"Watering & fertilizing:
On particularly hot summer days, you should water the widow flowers in the morning or in the evening. In most cases, however, you can do without fertilizer. Only the new varieties sometimes require the addition of a complete fertilizer in spring.
As soon as the widow flowers have faded in autumn, you should cut them back generously. In winter, however, the flowers do not need any additional protection.
"Diseases / pests:
The widow flower is actually not affected by diseases or special pests. The opposite is more the case, because this flower attracts beautiful butterflies. And useful bees are also magically attracted to the widow flower.