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Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'

Ornamental thistle

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






Skill level


Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'

Plant details

Although it's related to the garden thistles that gardeners strive so hard to get rid of, 'Atropurpureum' is a tall statuesque plant that is perfect for the herbaceous border. It produces elegant, long, leafless stems, each topped with a huge magenta-pink thistle head. It's 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 in any fertile, well-drained, slightly acidic soil in full sun.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Cirsium

Species: rivulare

Cultivar: Atropurpureum

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Magenta

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Spread: 100cm

Reader reviews


A must for any daring purple reddy border,an easy going plant that sends up lush red blooms encased in delicate buds that the bees,butterflies and hoverflies adore! Looks best in a clump,repeat planted.Likes the sun but not too fussy.Dead head to prolong flowering.

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