Knautia 'Thunder & Lightning'
This has proven to be a truly striking perennial with incredibly showy variegated foliage and a long bloom time. Light green leaves shaped like lightning bolts are outlined with creamy yellow to white margins which remain all season.
Deep reddish purple, rounded flowers about the size of a quarter appear atop wiry stems above the contrasting foliage from early summer into fall.
This new variety has a similar compact habit as ‘Mars Midget’ and is shorter than the species.