30 seeds per packet. A large, non-spiky, perennial thistle, native to central and eastern Europe and Asia in wet soils. Produces creamy flowers with a hint of purple on tall stems in July to September and attractive pale green and white bracts. As well as being a great bee and butterfly plant the young stems and leaves are edible and are cultivated in Japan and India. Height 150 cm. Full sun to part shade in a moist soil. Warm germinator.