Monday, August 6, 2012

Flower Envy: Berkheya Purpurea

Berkheya purpurea

This flower, a member of the thistle subfamily of the Asteraceae family, is what want it in our gardens NOW. (We'll have to settle for next year.) We already have the more common Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro) and Sea Holly (Eryngium maritimum; I know, not actually a thistle, but it looks like one!) growing, but Berkheya Purpurea has a more exotic quality...the smoky purple hue has us hooked. Buy it here, and thanks to Kate Bryant's wonderful piece in Portland Monthly for introducing this specimen to us. 

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