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Cirsium arvense

Creeping thistle

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height0.3m to 1m
  • Spread0.8m to 1m
  • Growth HabitSemi-trailing
  • Flower ColourMauve
  • Leaf ColourDeep green

Description

Cirsium arvense (Creeping thistle). A fast-growing, tall creeping perennial native to Britain. Leaves are lance-shaped and lobed. Mauve disc-shaped flowers appear in early summer to autumn. Grows to a height of 1m.

Characteristics

Perennial, Fragrant

Other common names

Canada thistle, Thistle

Origin

Britain

Interest and use

Found in grassy areas and on waste ground.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun, Part shade or Shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -35°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Dead-head to prevent self-seeding. They are fully hardy and will tolerate sun or shade in any but wet soil.

Propagation

You can propagate by division in the spring or by seed in the autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Mildew may be a problem.

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