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Cirsium oleraceum

Cabbage thistle

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to August
  • Height1m to 1.2m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourPurple-pink
  • Leaf ColourLight green

Description

Cirsium oleraceum (Cabbage thistle). This is a tall perennial which is native to Central Europe and naturalized in Britain. It will bear pinnately arranged lance-shaped, toothed and lobed leaves. The flower will appear in dense clusters in the mid summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Herbaceous

Other common names

Thistle

Origin

C. Europe. Naturalized in Britain

Interest and use

Grown for its decorative flower heads.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°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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