8 seeds per packet. A majestic thistle relative from the sunny mountain slopes and forest edges of Japan, and a rare species in cultivation that makes an excellent architectural focal point. Its large, nodding heads of deepest burgundy with a sugar-frosting of snow white pollen are a magnet for bees. Flowers from September well into October so extends the season of interest in the garden. Even when it's not in flower, its bristly flower buds, which look like they're intricately wound with spider's webs, and are carried on stems up to a stately 1.8 metres tall, really make an impact at the back of the border for weeks on end. Prefers a sunny position in moist soil but performs well even on heavy clay. Warm germinator.