A member of the daisy family, the dagger flower is a perennial or biennial knapweed, native to Mediterranean areas. Although its common name sounds intimidating, and it looks similar to a thistle, it is not prickly and its fluffy top is quite delicate.
The pretty pineapple-like calyx flowers are held on tall, wiry stems that divide and branch with numerous small bluish-pink star-shaped flowers. They are present from spring through to autumn in favourable conditions. It will survive in very poor infertile soil, often on disturbed land, where it is a successful primary coloniser. However, it will perform better in a more shaded area with richer soil, for example under mature trees where there is a good ecology of leaf litter and shelter. It is very attractive to bees and butterflies and looks great in a prairie style garden amongst tall grasses.
After flowering, it may die back, or shrink down, leaving just the large basal leaves, until spring.
We are a plant nursery in the Algarve specialising in dry mediterranean species. We propagate and grow our own stock in conditions they are likely to endure when they are planted out.
We grow plants that are adapted to the dry land conditions in Portugal and southern Spain, both mediterranean perennials and succulents.
We choose plants that require very little water and maintenance. We produce a range of dry land plants that are typical of the worlds mediterranean regions. These are available to order ready for planting in the wetter months of the year. Please order the plants you need and we’ll have them ready at the best time for planting.
To ensure your new plants adapt and establish quickly, we produce them in special anti-spiral root pruning containers and a range of fibre pots (no plastic waste) with our own tried and tested growing media.
Please note we have no retail outlet or garden centre and are not open to the public. For more information you can contact us here.
Plantas adaptadas à seca - produzimos plantas adaptadas às condições de Portugal e Sul de Espanha, tanto espécies mediterrânicas como suculentas.
Oferecemos uma gama de espécies típicas das zonas climáticas mediterrânicas em todo o mundo.