Affectionately known around the nursery as ‘The Galloping Major’. An attractive form, both in bud, or fully unfurled, and worthy of a place in a sunny border.
Jagged grey green foliage supports stiff flower stems topped by globular buds the size of a bantam egg. Each bud is a structural triumph of overlapping bronzy scales with metallic sheen. Warmer days coax the first signs of purple filaments from the top of the casing like unruly hair emerging from a hat, and the rest quickly follow to develop a fine thistle–like flower.
HEIGHT/SPREAD: 70cm x 40cm.
ORIGINS: Europe and Western Asia.
SOIL: Well-drained garden loams, neutral to alkaline.