The purple sunflower as it is commonly known.

This in its foliage state is just another spiky thistle but hiding in its anonymous cloak is a glorious flowering plant. Its large lilac to purple flowers sequence on the stem and are striking in any garden. Very drought tolerant and ideal for pollinating insects you can grow this from borders to large alpine rock gardens. Will self seed sporadically.

Flowering: Summer

Hardiness: Hardy

Height: 40cm

Spread: 30cm