Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'

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Buy Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum' brook thistle: Deep crimson thistle-like flowers

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

    • 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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Eventual height & spread

Lovely!

5

These have been very happy in my hot bed - still flowers on them in December! More leaf than I was expecting - you really want them somewhere near the back so you just see the brilliant pink of the heads between/behind everything else. Deadheading meant they kept coming back - great bang for your buck.

Susannah

Herefordshire

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Vigorous healthy plant, would buy again

5

Gave the height I wanted, but the leaves to big for a prairie style garden so I'll be moving it

Kat

Cumbria

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Great for Bees.

4

Wonderful flower colour, very unusual. Spreads quickly and thrives in most soil as long as it is in a sunny spot. Fantastic for attracting Bees, which cluster all over the flowers. Only downside is it stopped flowering after only a month, compared to other Brooke Thistles, I have grown, which last all summer. Hopefully in its second year it will last longer.

DavidG

Essex

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Hasn't grown as expected. Weak growth.

3

Only produced one flower.

PJ

Romford

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Good results

4

I purchased 2 of these plants on separate occasions in 2017. The first arrived and was quite large in size and has thrived from the outset the other was a lot smaller and seemed to struggle a bit in its first year - fingers crossed it seems to be on the right track now... A lovely addition to my borders.

Gina75

Hove

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I planted this summer 2018. I think it's beautiful.

5

It's a beautiful colour. Assuming it will come back this year. Will take some pics if it does.

HelenM

Eastbourne

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Would recommend.

5

Stunning colour.

Janewba

Midlands

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I would buy this plant again

4

Plants were an attractive addition to the garden and despite the hot weather managed to survive and I am looking forward to seeing them develop further in the coming months

Green fingers

Chester

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circium

5

lovely thistle hardy

pervoli

dorset

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Striking thistle

5

This striking thistle grows quite tall and is loved by bees. It seems happy in my clay soil.

Golden

Glasgow

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how tall do they grow

barrie

Hello there These can grow to 1.2m tall. Hope this helps.

I received my thistle about six weeks ago but haven't been able to plant out. The outer leaves have withered (eek) but there's a lovely tiny green shoot in the centre so it's still alive (just). Planning to trim outer leaves and replant in a bigger pot to hopefully strengthen it before planting into bed. Should I feed it with anything? Or do anything different?

The Intermittent Gardener

Hello, If you cannot plant it out in the border, then I would pot it up as soon as you can. The potting compost usually contains nutrients, so I would not give it anything else now, but do keep in mind that it will die back completely in the autumn and after that it wont make a reappearance again until spring next year.

helen

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

kelly mackenzie

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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