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Giant Thistle

Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’
Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’
Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’

Cirsium

Giant Thistle

Beckoning bees, butterflies and birds, our intensely colored cut-flower-perfect Cirsium selections are the most coveted of all garden-worthy thistles.

<i>Cirsium rivulare</i> ‘Atropurpureum’

Elevated on upright, branched leafy stems, the densely packed dark crimson flowers have a tidy symmetrical appearance. Prickly, narrow cut green leaves form a slow spreading clump that appreciates moisture and works well in a natural-style planting, especially when associated with other opulent-blooming perennials like Papaver ‘Patty’s Plum’ or Astrantia ‘Moulin Rouge’.

Blooms July|#8211;September

Size: 4' 0" high x 20" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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Ornamental Grasses: October All-Stars, Appealing American Natives

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Celebrated late season all-stars....

 

Offering superb versatility and non-coddle habits plus welcome deer resistance, the attributes of ornamental grasses are many! Most grasses are equally comfortable in formal or informal venues, and can be utilized as ground-covers, stand-alone specimens or for large-scale swaths. They are best situated so their shimmering inflorescences are backlit and set aglow by the afternoon sun. Bathed in amber, silver and sable colors, or smoky rose and violet shades, the graceful blooms become poetry in motion on gusty days. Apart from their kinetic appeal, many flowers and seed heads provide much-needed nourishment for birds along with bedding for their nests. Striking autumn color can be found among the blade-like foliage of Andropogon, Panicum and Schizachyrium, which splash purple, fiery red, and orange accents, while some Molinia radiate bright buttery yellows. Floral designers have long appreciated both their flowers and foliage in fresh or dried arrangements. Be sure to browse our online selections of ornamental grasses.

Ornamental grasses make commanding partners for American natives...

In hopes of showing the unique ambience that ornamental grasses impart, we decided to interweave a few of their images with some of our favorite American natives. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to usher some of these featured selections into your October garden.

 

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