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common name: Melancholy Thistle, Plumed Thistle
growth rate: medium
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: green
flower colour: mauve
main season: Summer
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -18°C
USDA zone: 7 to 8
Sturdy, clump forming, spreading perennial with narrow, entire to pinnatifid, softly prickly, green leaves which are white felted underneath. Thistle-like, purple-mauve flowerheads, on tall stems in summer.
Moist, well drained soil in full sun.
From seed or by division.
Wild garden or for architectural effect in borders. Very attractive to insects.
Wildflower of Europe and Northern Asia.