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Cirsium

(Common Name: Thistle) Not all thistles are weeds! Ours are well-behaved and lovely additions to the garden having attractive leaves and flowers that attract bees particularly. Seed heads can provide food for finches.

Most are accommodating, growing in most soils in sun or partial shade.

Members of the Asteraceae family and the Cynareae tribe relating them with the Artichokes and Cardoons (Cynara).

Cirsium Mount Etna

Cirsium Mount Etna

A pale pink thistle found on the slopes of the slopes of the volcano. About 1ft 6in - 2ft tall. Not fussy about type of soil.

Flowers from June to September in flushes if dead headed. Probably self seeds but hasn't done so for us yet. Slowly spreading.

Good bee plant.

Price 4.50 (9cm pot)

Cirsium rivulare Atropurpureum

Grows tall flower stems (3-4ft) with clusters of wine purple flowers in flushes throughout summer. The large leaves form a rosette spreading about 2 1/2 feet. Good for bees but is sterile so won't self seed. Performs best in a fairly moist soil - the epithet rivulare means "from the stream side".

Price 4.50 (9cm pot)

Cirsium rivulare Atropurpureum in our garden with Geum rivale Leonard's Variety

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