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Cirsium eriophorum

Woolly thistle

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Features

  • BloomsJuly
  • Height1.2m to 1.5m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourRed-purple
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Cirsium eriophorum (Woolly thistle). A tall upright biennial native to Britain with alternate pinnate leaves. Red-purple single flowers appear in mid summer. Grows to a height of 1.5m.

Characteristics

Biennial, Shrub or Herbaceous

Other common names

Thistle

Origin

Britain

Interest and use

Grown for its decorative flower heads.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°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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