plant ID

YnneadYnnead Posts: 89

Hello I found this pic on chiltern seed's facebook. I'm waiting for a response from them but just wondered in the meantime if anyone on here knows what plant these flowers belong to?

I'm trying to attract lots of bumblebees for next year and this one seems to be popular looking at the pics.




 These are the only pics so no leaves or nothing.



  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Looks like an artichoke or cardoon, but they dont usually hang like that, either which way, any thistle type thing will be very popular with the bees image
  • chrissieBchrissieB Posts: 772
    It definitely looks like a cardoon or globe artichoke. Both are loved by bees but if you go for the globe A you have the bonus of being able to eat some and then leave some to flower for the bees. Lovely architectural plants : )
  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Its quite funny to watch, as all you can see of the bees is their bottoms wiggling, the rest of the bee is buried in the flower image
  • YnneadYnnead Posts: 89

    Thanks for all the replies. Well chilterns told me its a milk thistle silybum marianum

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 14,175

    that's the trouble with close ups, Can you post a photo of the whole plant?

  • BerghillBerghill Posts: 2,805

    The one most often grown is the variegated one aka Milk Thistle. Biennial sadly.

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