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botanical name:
Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'
Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum' © Deeproot Plant Base
family:  Asteraceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 1.20m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: purple
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -18°C
USDA zone: 7 to 8
description:
Clump forming, spreading perennial with narrow, entire to pinnatifid, prickly, dark green leaves, hairy underneath. Rounded, pin-cushion-like, deep crimson-purple flowerheads, carried on erect stems in early and midsummer.

cultivation:
Moist, well drained soil in full sun.

propagation:
From seed or by division.

usage:
Wild garden or for architectural effect in borders.
Attractive to bees and butterflies.

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