20 seeds per packet.
This year we are delighted to offer seeds of our tallest and spikiest plant to date! This is a majestic biennial that is native to Cyprus, East Aegean Islands, Crete and Turkey. It forms a magnificent basal rosette of spiny, divided, silvery-green, felted leaves and, in its second year, towering, extraordinarily spiny, branching stems crowned by large, rounded, thistle-like, lilac flower heads with large, thorny bracts. Flowering from July to September. It certainly attracts bees in abundance! Height 1.8 metres. Well-drained soil in full sun. Plants survived in our unheated polytunnel through winter extremes of -17C when other, more hardy species simply perished.
Sow from March to June. Cover seed thinly, press in gently and keep top of compost from drying out. Keep pot warm at 15 to 20°C until germination, then move to somewhere cooler.
Carefully prick out seedlings when they have developed true leaves and are large enough to transplant to individual pots to grow on.