Dramatic edible/ornamental that survives most winters when mulched. Silvery foliage on large bushy plant with tall stalks that produce edible flower buds in spring; let a few buds mature to flowers for a beautiful purple, thistle-like bloom that is attractive to bees. Fun to grow even if you don’t eat them!
Care: Full sun, moderate- light moisture needs, mulch for protection, best grown from transplants, large growing tender perennial, attracts bees.
Needs fairly rich, well-draining, and neutral to slightly acidic soil; best planted in spring and allowed room to spread about 4-5 feet wide. Benefits from occasional fertilizer & should be mulched with 2-4” of straw or compost in late fall (uncover in spring). Mostly pest-free but can occasionally suffer from black aphid infestations.Care
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