The name of the genus derives from the Greek word kirsos, meaning 'swollen vein'. Perennial or biennial plants with spiny leaves.
Latin name: Cirsium nipponicum "Yoshinoi"
They grow in full sun, even in dry and infertile soils.
Plant in rock gardens or use for coastal planting.
Propagated by seeds and division.
Herbaceous perennial with green, spiny leaves and spherical inflorescences of purple flowers in summer.