Brook Thistle

Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'

Brook Thistle - Cirsium rivulare  'Atropurpureum'

Common Name: Brook Thistle
Genus: Cirsium
Species: rivulare
Cultivar: 'Atropurpureum'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 2.00 m (200 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.75 m (75 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July & August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Spectacular deep crimson thistles appear on erect stems in July and August above spiny dark green leaves. This handsome towering thistle is a valuable addition to a summer garden and looks equally at home in a wildflower meadow, beside water or in groups among other perennials. Although it will tolerate dry conditions and partial shade it does best in a moist sunny border.

  • Garden care: Divide congested plants from autumn to spring and cut back to the ground in autumn to prevent self-seeding.