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Commonly known as South African thistle

Like a sunflower but a bit rough and spiny. Long-lasting in bloom though and can be planted to deter unwelcome pets.

Genus of about 80 species of rosette-forming, often spiny-leaved biennials, perennials, evergreen subshrubs and shrubs found in open grassland and rocky areas in tropical Africa and South Africa.

Further Reading....

  • Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch. - rosette-forming, often spiny-leaved biennials, perennials and shrubs. Daisy-like flowerheads.
  • Against a wall
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - grown for their unusual, thistle-like foliage and long flowering period.
  • Pests & Diseases - none.
  • Place of origin - grassland and rocky areas of tropical Africa and South Africa.
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil - - well drained

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BERKHEYA purpurea

BERKHEYA purpurea  >

Commonly known as: South African thistle.
Striking South African thistle with large purplish-white flowers and large silvery-grey leaves with cottony-white undersides
individually £12.50 each, 3+ £10.00 each
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