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Creeping Thistle

Cirsium arvense

Also known as

Canadian Thistle, Californian Thistle, Boar Thistle, Field Thistle, Perennial Thistle, Cally Thistle (Nz), Canada thistle

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.2m

Max

1m

40cm

Min

40cm

1 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Creeping Thistle Overview

These are spreading and creeping thistles that can reproduce by both seed and root, making it hard to get rid of once you have it. They have dark pink-purple flowers that bloom between July and September.

How to harvest Creeping Thistle

Not usually harvested

How to propagate Creeping Thistle

Rhizomes

Seed

Sow onto moist compost or soil. Seeds germinate readily.

Division

You can propagate by division in the spring.

Special features of Creeping Thistle

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Creeping Thistle

Found in grassy areas and on waste ground.

Plants for Long Grass Areas

Above 50cm

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