Cotton / Scotch Thistle

Thu, Apr 10, 2008

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Cotton / Scotch Thistle - Onopodum acanthium
Latin name:
Onopodum acanthium

Description: The statuesque proportions of this plant are a sight to behold. The stems of this native Scotch thistle are clothed in very spiny greyish silver foliage above which, large pale-purple or occasionally white, thistle-like flower-heads appear in July and August. It is best planted at the back of a border as it can reach around 3m. Although a biennial, it self-seeds freely and so plants appear each year after year, you just weed out the ones you don’t want. The ripening seed-heads act as a magnet for goldfinches and other seed eating birds.

Hardiness: Hardy

Height: 2-3m

Position: Full sun

Soil: fertile, well-drained, slightly acidic soil

Water: fairly drought tolerant once established

Usage: Best planted at the back of a border or growing sporadically through gravelled areas

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