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botanical name:
Cirsium heterophyllum
Cirsium heterophyllum © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Melancholy Thistle, Plumed Thistle
family:  Asteraceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 1.50m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: green
flower colour: mauve
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun
conditions: moist soil
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.

other notes:
Wildflower of Europe and Northern Asia.
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