A rarely seen plant, especially in our Northern climate gardens, Morina is a thistle-like perennial with spiny leaves in a rosette and also spiny flower stems that bear whorls of interesting tubed, white flowers, ageing to pink and crimson.
What attracted my attention first time were actually the flowering stems; after flowering, the spiny calyces turn a most beautiful orangy-rusty colour.
Best displayed as a specimen in a sunny position in well drained soil.
Germination: given as warm germinator but I found discussions saying that sometimes the very hard seed coat may remain attached to the germinating seeds in the detriment of the seedlings and thus a period of moist/cold stratification will help with breaking down the hard fruits (achenes); scarification or placing the seeds in moist towel/fridge for a few weeks may also help. Or, always the best method – sow as usual in late fall/outdoors and don’t worry about it, let it germinate naturally.