A charming, old-fashioned hardy biennial very useful for the wild garden or for rough banks, where its blossom, and, later, its flat, silvery seed-pods may be made very effective. The seed-pods can be dried in the sun or in a cool, airy shed or room, and used for winter decoration. Seed should be sown in spring or early summer and the seedlings thinned out so as to ensure strong plants for the following year. There are both purple and white varieties to about 3 ft. Its natural soil is chalky ground, but it is perfectly hardy and will thrive almost anywhere. Self-sown seedlings usually occur.

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