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Berkheya purpurea

Purple Sunflower, South African Thistle

Hardy Perennial

  • The thistle that thinks it's a sunflower!
  • Unusual border flower
  • Excellent dried cut flower

Nicknamed the 'purple sunflower', this shining beauty makes a fantastic border plant, producing a neat, ground-hugging rosette of thistle-like foliage and a striking flower stem that demands attention in any planting display. The gently prickled leaves make it a good plant to discourage pets and other unwanted visitors away from your prized borders!

Like many other South African species, Berkheya plants are very undemanding, simply requiring a sunny spot on free draining soil. Multiple flowers appear in late summer in a silvery shade of soft violet, creating a real wow factor. The stems make unusual fresh or dried cutflowers. Best planted under a south-facing wall and given some winter frost protection in colder parts of the UK. Height: 75cm (30"). Spread: 50cm (20").

Ideal For:
alpine & rockery
Flowering Period:
July, August
full sun
    • 5 x berkheya Postiplugs plants

    • Despatch: By end of May 2017
    • £9.99
    • 10 x berkheya Postiplugs plants

    • Despatch: By end of May 2017
    • £14.99
    • 20 x berkheya Postiplugs plants

    • Despatch: By end of May 2017
    • £19.99
Plant Berkheya in fertile, well drained soil in full sun. This plant will prefer a sheltered position where protection from severe winter weather is offered.
Keep regularly watered until established then leave as this plant will tolerate dry conditions. Remove faded flower stems in the autumn and protect from temperatures below -5 C

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