A beautiful hardy annual or biennial, with toothed, heart-shaped leaves, and large, open clusters of purple flowers in late spring and early summer, followed by flat, round, silvery seed pods. A prolific self seeder so a constant supply of new plants. Very attractive to pollinators.
Looks fantastic especially in semi-woodland areas, where a more natural look is required.
Likes any moist but well drained soil in sun sun or partial shade.
Height 50cm-1m x Width 10 – 50cm
Seed heads are commonly used by flower arrangers.
The leaves can be collected and used as a green vegetable or in salads before the flowers appear..
The flowers can be added to salads.
The seeds can be used to make a mustard substitute which is strengthened by crushing and mixing with cold water.
The root can be peeled and eaten.