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Cirsium rivulare Atropurpureum

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Cirsium rivulare Atropurpureum

Although Cirsium rivulare is related to the garden thistles that we gardeners strive so hard to get rid of, Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’is a tall perennial, a statuesque plant that is perfect for the herbaceous border. It produces elegant, long, leafless stems, each topped with a huge magenta-pink thistle head. Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’ is a useful plant for the back of the border but can also be planted at the front as an accent plant, because other plants can be viewed through its stems. Plant Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’in any fertile, well-drained, soil in full sun. Height up to 90cm

For the purposes of definition, late summer flowering perennials may be described as plants that reliably produce flowers or that have as their main feature of interest (an architectural silhouette, or attractive seed heads for instance) which can positively contribute to the garden after midsummer’s day on a year in year out basis.

There is little doubt that the climate is changing,for whatever reason, and that seasons are not as distinct. In Britain the autumn season is lengthening and often there is relatively frost free weather up until December. The majority of gardens in Britain look at their finest in the spring and early summer, leaving many gardens looking relatively lacklustre after June has passed. The use of these late summer flowering perennials in the garden should renew inspiration in the months of the year when the shadows are lengthening.