Melancholy Thistle Seeds


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Unusually for a thistle, this is a spineless plant. It bears bright purple pom-pom flowers on woolly stems with leaves that are soft and white-felted. Flowering in July and August, it looks wonderful in meadows and natural plantings, but quite special in a vase also. The plant gets its common name from the belief that it could cure sadness - Nicolas Culpepper (the famous 17th Century botanist) said that "it makes a man as merry as a cricket" - sounds good to us, though we couldn't make any promises!

Found in the Cirsium genus, in the Species heterophyllum, this hardy perennial is commonly known as ‘Melancholy Thistle’ and also ‘Plumed Thistle’.

Pretty Wild Seeds are registered with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) under number 7529, so you can have confidence in both our products and advice. Although our products are listed in weights and acres, we can supply in additional quantities upon enquiry so if you need a larger supply, please don't hesitate to give us a call.

  • 30 seeds for £2.45
  • 10g for £3.99
  • 50g for £14.99
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    Germination; Sow indoors before the last frost, under glass in winter, directly in autumn. Indoors/ under glass sow 3mm deep into moist, well-drained seed compost. Ideal temp. 20-22°C. Germination takes 15-18 days approx. If germination does not occur cold stratify, move to -4-+4°C for 2-4 weeks then return to warmth for germination. Acclimatise and plant out after danger of frost has passed. Directly, sow into prepared soil, allow natural winter cold to offer ideal conditions for germination to occur in spring as the weather warms.

    Growing; Prefers a moist-wet soil in full or partial sun. Can tolerate some dryness in partial sun.

    Cultivation; Will self-seed freely. Deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season.