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Cirsium ‘Atropurpureum’
(Plume Thistle)


£20.00 £17.00
Great for wildlife
Attracts Wildlife
150cm x 50cm
Fully Hardy

Cirsium ‘Atropurpureum’ earns its place in our range for its captivating deep purple blooms, reliable performance and ecological significance, holding both the RHS Plants for Pollinators and RHS Garden Merit awards. This striking perennial attracts pollinators while adding vertical interest to borders or wildflower meadows. Beautifully paired with companions like Echinacea or Salvia for a vibrant pollinator-friendly display. Ideal for wildlife gardens or naturalistic landscapes.

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Cirsium 'Atropurpureum', commonly known as the Plume Thistle, embodies the wild beauty of the countryside in your garden. With its majestic stature and striking crimson-red flowers, it captures attention and adds a touch of drama to the overall design. This hardy perennial, recognised with both the RHS Garden Merit and the RHS Plants for Pollinators award, attracts bees and butterflies with its nectar-rich blooms, supporting biodiversity in your local area. Its spiky leaves and vibrant flowers make it a standout feature in wildflower meadows, cottage gardens, or naturalistic plantings. The Plume Thistle thrives in full sun and well-drained soil, tolerating a range of conditions with ease. Its drought tolerance and low maintenance needs make it a resilient choice for gardeners seeking sustainable and wildlife-friendly plants. Whether planted as a focal point in a mixed border or allowed to naturalize in a meadow setting, Cirsium 'Atropurpureum' adds height, texture, and colour to elevate garden designs. Its architectural form contrasts beautifully with softer, more delicate flowers, creating dynamic and visually appealing compositions. As a versatile and ecologically valuable plant, it's a natural fit for any garden seeking to blend beauty with biodiversity.

Planting Conditions

Cirsium 'Atropurpureum', commonly known as the purple thistle, thrives in well-drained soil with full sun exposure. Before planting, prepare the soil by adding organic matter such as compost to improve fertility and drainage. Plant directly into the garden in early Spring or late Autumn, with care to avoid disturbing the roots. Space plants 18-24 inches apart to allow for adequate airflow. Ensure the planting area is free from competing weeds. With these planting conditions, Cirsium 'Atropurpureum' will establish well and produce its striking purple blooms.

Watering & Feeding

We recommend watering 'Atropurpureum' moderately during dry spells, ensuring the soil remains consistently moist but not waterlogged. Avoid overhead watering to prevent fungal diseases. Once established, this drought-tolerant plant requires minimal watering. Apply a balanced fertiliser in early Spring to promote healthy growth and flowering. Additionally, top-dress with compost annually to enrich the soil and provide nutrients. Monitor soil moisture levels regularly, adjusting watering frequency as needed based on weather conditions. With proper watering and feeding, 'Atropurpureum' will thrive and reward you with its vibrant blooms.

General Care

Cirsium 'Atropurpureum' requires minimal care once established. We advise deadheading spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming and prevent self-seeding, if preferred. Cut back stems to the base after flowering to tidy the plant and promote new growth. Wear gloves when handling due to its spiny leaves. Monitor for pests like aphids and caterpillars, addressing them promptly if detected. In late Winter or early Spring, cut the plant back to ground level to rejuvenate growth. This routine maintenance ensures the health and longevity of 'Atropurpureum' in your garden.