Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'

brook thistle

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A Chelsea favourite - this lover of cool, damp soil produces a tight cluster of ruby-red thistles, neatly encased in criss-crossed black scales, on tall branching airy stems

Val Bourne - Garden Writer

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  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moist, well-drained
  • Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
  • Flowering period: July and August
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    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.

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5.0

Still flowering in October!

By Fonzd

from Coulsdon, Surrey

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        Comments about Crocus Cirsium rivulare'Atropurpureum':

        It flowered in April, went quiet in July and then continued to flower right up to today, which is nearly November! The basal leaves are large, but can be pruned back to give room to other plants. I planted it last year and it has really taken and flourished in my chalk soil. It's not 5 ft tall, but more like 3 ft. Lovely plant and highly recommend it.

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        5.0

        Needs plenty of room

        By Cotswold gardener

        from The Cotswolds

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          Comments about Crocus Cirsium rivulare'Atropurpureum':

          This is a fabulous plant for bees, and makes a great summer statement in my damp border. It grows to over 6 foot and the rosette of leaves is over four feet wide, double the width in the description. It does tend to swamp smaller plants so give it plenty of room.

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          5.0

          excellent bee plant

          By gianna

          from london

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            Comments about Crocus Cirsium rivulare'Atropurpureum':

            I bought this plant last year and it was among the first to flower in early April, carried on flowering throughout the cold and wet Spring and it is still going strong at the end of August. Bees and bumblebees cannot have enough of it.
            Planted alongside alliums, oriental poppies, delphiniums, dahlias, penstemons, veronicastrum, agastache and cosmos - although I do not think there is a plant that doesn't go well with it. Buying more this year to plant with grasses, knautia arvensis and verbena. Very happy in a sunny border on London clay. Highly recommended for a novice gardener.

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            5.0

            Brook thistle

            By Pegasus

            from Cambridgeshire

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              Comments about Crocus Cirsium rivulare'Atropurpureum':

              An elegant and very attractive addition to my cottage garden. Flowering commenced in April and is just beginning to flag in mid July. A very effective plant adding structure and drama. Mine thrives in a sunny but rather heavy, dry soil.

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                2006 Planting Chelsea Flower Show enquiry

                Hi, I see you have plants available for the current show, but do you have a plant list for the 2006 award winner (Daily Telegraph,Tom Stuart Smith) available as I am interested in buying some of these plants? Thank you for your time, Kelly
                Asked on 5/4/2010 by kelly mackenzie

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                  Hello Kelly, He did use a lot of plants in his garden - here is a list which includes most. Allium Purple Sensation Anthriscus Ravens Wing Aquilegia Ruby Port Astrantia Claret Carex testacea Cirsium rivulare atropurpureum Dahlia Dark Desire Euphorbia Fireglow Geranium Lily Lovell Geranium phaeum Samobor Geranium Phillipe Valpelle Geranium psilostemmon Geum Princess Juliana Gillenia trifoliata Hakonechloa macra Iris Dusky Challenger Iris Dutch Chocolate Iris Sultan's Palace Iris Superstition Iris Supreme Sultan Knautia macedonica Lavandula angustifolia Nepeta subsessilis Washfield Nepeta Walkers low Purple fennel - Giant Bronze Rodgersia pinnata Superba Rodgersia podophylla Salvia Mainacht Sedum matrona Stachys byzantina Stipa arundinacea (syn.Anemanthele lessoniana) Stipa gigantea Tulip Abu Hassan Tulip Ballerina Tulip Queen of Night Verbascum Helen Johnston I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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