- thrives in a warm, sunny spot.
- is a perennial which will form a rosette of spiny, silvered leaves; from this comes the flower stalk which grows to some 60cm & on which there are up to 6 flowers, between June & September.
- flowers are a very pretty pale-lavender purple, with deeper purple centres.
- the whole plant does indeed look like a Scotch thistle & it is quite as spiny, but it is very pretty & reasonably hardy in English gardens.
This article was written by Malcolm Allison, plant consultant.
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