South African Purple Thistle is a most ornamental winter hardy, long-lived perennial with a dense basal rosette of long, wavy, dark green, glossy spiny leaves and upright, thick stems crowned by several showy, large mauve (rarely pure white) flowers in summer. This spectacular species is native of grassy mountains slopes in South Africa (Eastern Cape to the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho and the border of the Free State). It is easily cultivated in any rich, well drained soil in full sun.
Sow flat in any rich, well drained soil. Keep pots in a sunny and protected spot outside. Transplant in early summer as soon as seedlings are strong enough.
All are USDA Climate Zone 7.
20 seeds per package.