Hgt up to 1 m
Melancholy Thistle flowers July to end of August, large reddish purple flowers on tall stems, less spikes than many of the other thistles. Ideal for the garden border and wildflower garden as it attracts bees, butterflies and many insects into the garden. It is more common in the North of England where its habitat is woodland edges, damp ground, verges, stream banks. Sow late summer into autumn.