This is a large, bold plant that's been to the gym too often and taken way too many steroids.
The big, coarse leaves frame the stiff flower stems that bloom from early summer until autumn. The plump, fox colour buds open into impressive, deep yellow thistle flowers the size of a small grapefruit. Bees just can't help themselves.
In time, it will form clumps that stop the show but it needs patience. Like most show-offs it can be capricious and take a while to settle in. Once the roots are down and comfy don't be tempted to move it or the whole plant will shrivel and die. Mix with other giants such as cardoons and the bigger grasses. Delicate perennials not required.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Moist, well drained
Full sun or Partial shade
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