A frequent host to clouds of small Meadow Brown butterflies, this versatile and tolerant plant, will flower in spite of thin and poor soil conditions. Tightly formed rosy purple blooms, not dissimilar to our native early purple orchid, will stand tall for many weeks, their finished height dependent on moisture levels and nutrient. I have used plants with equal success in the midst of a low-maintenance shrub framework and on the edge of an informal damp meadow. Try partnering with forms of Origanum laevigatum as a draw for even more insects.
HEIGHT/SPREAD 50cm x 50cm
ORIGINS Europe and North Africa
SOIL Prefers a well-drained warm soil, tolerant of low nutrient soils
SEASON June – Aug with potential for 2nd flush Sept-October.