Plant type

Herbaceous perennial

Height & spread

15-90cm x 60cm

Wildlife benefit

Bird (seeds), bee and butterfly nectar plant

  • A native plant of variable height, depending on the soil and height of grass. Good on heavy soils.
  • Introduce as plug plants.
  • Summer flowering, June-September.
  • Produces 5cm across, reddish-purple, thistle-like flowers but with none of the associated prickles.
  • Don’t mow until the plants have finished seeding. These will be feasted on by goldfinches.
  • Expect the following butterflies to be attracted; Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Painted Lady, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Copper and Small Skipper.