Rhaponticum carthamoides Maral Root
A robust perennial in the Asteraceae family that is native to the grasslands and mountain meadows of Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia. Maral root is cultivated throughout Russia and Eastern Europe where its rhizomes are used as a traditional herb. This plant derived its common name Maral root (Maralu) from the maral deer who fed on it. Produces rosettes of large, serrated leaves and very attractive, purple, thistle-like flowers held on erect stems from July to August. Fantastic plant for bees. Height 1.5 metres. Well-draining, moisture retentive soil in a sunny position.