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Cirsium rivulare

Brook thistle

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height0.8m to 1.3m
  • Spread0.4m to 0.65m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourDark red purple
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Cirsium rivulare (Brook thistle). A spreading clump native to South West Europe. Bears lance-shaped to oblong, pinnatifid dark green leaves to 35cm. Dark red purple small flowers appear in early summer. Grows to a height of 1.3m.

Characteristics

Perennial or Biennial, Shrub or Herbaceous

Other common names

Thistle

Origin

S.W.Europe

Interest and use

Grown for its decorative flower heads.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • 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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