Plant of the Week: Mars Midget Pincushion Plant

Popping up from the High Line’s planting beds are the deep red blooms of Mars Midget pincushion plant. This long bloomer will be on-view through the fall. Photo by Beverly Israely

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — each chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today.

This week we share with you one of our gardeners’ current favorites.

Mars Midget pincushion plant, Knautia macedonica ‘Mars Midget,’ is a delicate perennial with deep burgundy blooms that appear this time of year and last through the fall. This plant is a great addition to any garden, both because it is beautiful and easy to care for and because it is a significant food source for pollinators, like bees and butterflies. Blooms will easily stay vibrant from June through October.

Fun fact: The pincushion plant gets its common name from its pin-like stamens that pop up from the center of the flower.

On the High Line at between West 18th and West 20th Streets

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