Black Knight Pincushion Flower
These stunning, dark-maroon flowers have enchanted gardeners (and bees and butterflies) since the early 1600s in England, when the variety was called ‘Blackamoor’s Beauty’ and ‘Mournful Widow.’ The honey-scented flowers have blooms that measure from 1½-2.5" and resemble a dark-satin pincushion with white-tipped pins. The versatile variety works well in both borders and garden beds, and its long stems make it ideal for fresh cutting.
- Annual plants grow to 24-30 inches tall
- Dark maroon to black flowers
- Long lasting cut flower
- Tolerates partial shade
- Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors one week after last frost. Plants prefer average moist soil. Water during dry spells. Remove spent blossoms regularly to prolong blooming.
- Direct Seed: 1/8" Deep
- Germination: 10-14 Days
- Thin: 8-12" Apart
- Light: Sun/Partial Shade
Ratings & Reviews
Low germ rate in FL
I live in Central FL and had a very low germination rate on these seeds. I direct sowed some and also tried starting some in peat pots in my green house. Never got any seedlings.
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Took about 4 days to germinate indoor with a humidity dome under grow light. Nearly every seed germinated.
These are a wonderful, beautiful addition to a garden. I planted them amid some zinnias, which helped to support the thin stems. I plan to grow them again in 2023.
Interesting flower to grow
Amazing flowers. I personally didn't get a ton of germination. But the ones that did germinate were pretty hardy and produced a ton of interestingly shaped and colored flowers. Totally worth it.
If you want to plant something different but beautiful
by Chris Mack
I planted these indoors in the spring last year. I then planted them with additional seeds next to a sunny spot by the driveway. They were beautiful and bloomed late into the fall. If I could post a picture I would. I was surprised how easy they were.
I was very disappointed last year, the plants only bore a dark lavender flower. I waited to see if there was any slow germination for this year…same unwanted color. I can send photo if needed.
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Skilled Gardener: 50% Germination. But the flowers are OMG beautiful. I was able to collect seeds for a second season and they came back true. Of the 6 plants I got the first year 2 over wintered. (zone 8).
I would highly recommend for moderate to experienced gardeners. Maybe not great for beginners.