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21/06/2014 at 08:59

Hello I found this pic on chiltern seed's facebook. I'm waiting for a response from them but just wondered in the meantime if anyone on here knows what plant these flowers belong to?

I'm trying to attract lots of bumblebees for next year and this one seems to be popular looking at the pics.

 These are the only pics so no leaves or nothing.


21/06/2014 at 09:07
Looks like an artichoke or cardoon, but they dont usually hang like that, either which way, any thistle type thing will be very popular with the bees
22/06/2014 at 10:11
It definitely looks like a cardoon or globe artichoke. Both are loved by bees but if you go for the globe A you have the bonus of being able to eat some and then leave some to flower for the bees. Lovely architectural plants : )
22/06/2014 at 10:22
Its quite funny to watch, as all you can see of the bees is their bottoms wiggling, the rest of the bee is buried in the flower
24/06/2014 at 09:11

Thanks for all the replies. Well chilterns told me its a milk thistle silybum marianum

24/06/2014 at 09:18

that's the trouble with close ups, Can you post a photo of the whole plant?

24/06/2014 at 10:27

The one most often grown is the variegated one aka Milk Thistle. Biennial sadly.

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