Height: 2-3' (60-90 cm) Flowering Time: Summer Flower Colour: Mauve ____________________________________
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons) Superorder: Asteridae (Daisy Superorder) Order: Asterales (Daisy Order) Family: Asteraceae (Daisy Family) Genus: Berkheya Species: purpurea (purple) ____________________________________
Berkheya purpurea is a very prickly plant. It produces large rosettes of prickly leaves, followed in summer by thick stems covered with rows of even more prickly scalloped leaves, as well as spiny leaves growing alternately up the stem, getting smaller as they near the top. The flowers are mauve daisies with purple centres, up to 4" across, borne both at the top of the stem in clusters of up to eight, all facing in different directions, and in the leaf axils.
Harvesting and Growing from Seed:
Seed Pod There is no seedpod. The seeds are clustered together in a dense seedhead.
Seed The seeds are beige cones. There are many seeds on a seedhead.
Seedling The seedling has rough leaves.
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