An attention grabbing perennial from South Africa. Long flowering and great for adding interest to a mixed border. Pale silver-violet flowers with darker centres above thistle-like leaves.
Drought tolerant. Hardy in all but the most severe winters.
Flowers from August onwards. Absolutely loved by bees.
Berkheya purpurea was first described and named as Stobaea purpurea in 1838 by the French botanist A.P. de Candolle. The name was changed to Berkheya purpurea by M.T. Masters in 1872 (Batten 1986).
Common name(s): Purple Berkheya