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Cirsium Atropurpurea


Item release date 1 April 2024.
Great for wildlife
Attracts Wildlife
150cm x 50cm
Fully Hardy

Cirsium Atropurpurea: The “Bad-boy Thistle.” With its spiky demeanour and vibrant purple hue, it’s like the rebellious punk rocker of the plant world. Approach with caution, but embrace its wild side!

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Introducing Cirsium Atropurpurea, the spiky rebel of the garden! With its fierce purple thistles and a personality as prickly as its spines, this perennial is here to shake things up and show your garden who's boss. Cirsium Atropurpurea, also known as the Purple Thistle, demands attention with its tall stature and audacious presence. Its spiky leaves and vibrant purple flowers give it a rebellious edge that stands out among more traditional blooms. Don't be fooled by its tough exterior, though. Underneath that thorny armour lies a heart of gold for pollinators like bees and butterflies. They can't resist the temptation of its nectar-filled flowers, making it a happening hotspot for insect party-goers. This feisty plant thrives in full sun and well-drained soil, tolerating a wide range of conditions like a true rebel. Its drought tolerance is legendary, proudly defying the need for excessive watering. No pampering required here! Cirsium Atropurpurea is the perfect addition to a wildflower garden or a rock garden that needs a touch of rebellious spirit. Its bold presence adds a splash of colour and a touch of attitude to any landscape, giving your garden that extra edge. So, if you're looking to add some punk attitude to your garden, embrace the rebel within and welcome Cirsium Atropurpurea. It's time to let your garden go wild and show the world that you're not afraid to stand out from the crowd with this captivating and thorny troublemaker.

Planting Conditions

Prepare for a wild ride with Cirsium Atropurpurea, aka the "Punky Purple Thistle." This feisty plant loves to show off its deep purple hues and spiky personality. Give it a sunny spot in well-drained soil, and watch it thrive like a rebel without a cause. Just make sure to handle it with care, as those prickly thorns mean business. Embrace its untamed nature and let it add a touch of rebellious beauty to your garden. With Cirsium Atropurpurea, you'll have a plant that's as fierce as a punk rocker but way less intimidating to your neighbours. Rock on, garden rebel!

Watering & Feeding

Watering and feeding Cirsium Atropurpurea, or the Dark Purple Thistle, requires a delicate touch – like serving a finicky unicorn its favourite snacks. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, as these thistles prefer a drink but don't appreciate being soaked. As for feeding, offer them a balanced fertiliser in Spring and give them a treat with organic compost occasionally. Just remember, don't overindulge them with food or water, or they might get too comfortable and invite all their thistle friends for a wild garden party. Keep it balanced, and these majestic thistles will reward you with their spiky charm and a touch of wild whimsy.

General Care

Ah, the magnificent Cirsium Atropurpurea, also known as the Purple Thistle. This rebellious beauty enjoys full sun and well-drained soil, but don't let its prickly personality intimidate you! Water it regularly, but not too much, or it might get too comfortable and take over your garden like a thorny dictator. Embrace its wild nature and let it flourish, but keep an eye out for any thistle-related mischief. Pests might avoid it like the plague, thanks to its sharp spines. With a dash of humour and a touch of caution, you and Cirsium Atropurpurea can coexist in a symbiotic dance of garden rebellion.