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Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum' (Plume Thistle)

Plume Thistle, Brook Thistle


A very desirable garden plant, Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum', commonly known as Plume Thistle, is a tall, branching, upright perennial exhibiting strong, leafless stems with pincushion-like, deep crimson flowers, up to 1 in wide (3 cm), atop a large basal rosette of soft green leaves. A magnet for bees and birds!

  • Blooming from mid summer to late summer, Plume Thistle is a statuesque plant that slowly grows in clumps, up to 4 ft. tall (120 cm) and spreads 2 ft. (60 cm).
  • Easy to grow, Plume Thistle thrives in moist and well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates light shade. Tends to suffer from mildew if it gets too dry.
  • Lovely in beds, borders, cottage gardens, naturalized areas. Being 'see through', you may plant it at the front or at the back of the border. This plant looks stunning with poppies, especially Papaver orientale 'Patty's Plum' or dark Astrantias. Good as cut flowers too!
  • Cut back spent flowers to promote new flowering and potentially extend its blooming season until frost.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Pictures are courtesy of Lisa Roper, Chanticleer Garden

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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