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A native biennial found on rough grassland, roadsides and waste lands. In the first season it produces a rosette of sharp spikey leaves. In the second year it puts up a tall stem crowned with a spiny flower head with a band of mauve flowers. It is particularly attractive to insects and seed eating birds such as Goldfinches and Siskins.
Height: 80 to 200cm
Prefers: Full sun or partial shade on damp or dry soils.
Flowering period: July to August