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Cirsium palustre

Marsh thistle

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to September
  • Height1.2m to 1.5m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.4m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourRed-purple
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Cirsium palustre (Marsh thistle). An upright biennial native to Britain. Bears narrowly lance-shaped, pinnately lobed leaves. Flowers are in red-purple clusters in mid summer. Grows to a height of 1.5m.

Characteristics

Biennial, Shrub or Herbaceous

Other common names

Thistle

Origin

Britain

Interest and use

Marshes.

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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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