Globe thistle

Echinops bannaticus 'Blue Globe'

Globe thistle - Echinops bannaticus  'Blue Globe'

Common Name: Globe thistle
Genus: Echinops
Species: bannaticus
Cultivar: 'Blue Globe'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Good for wildlife

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.00 m (100 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July & August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Ever popular for their globes of blue flowers that attract hoards of insects globe thistles bring a natural look to the garden. This variety has masses of large spherical dark blue flower-heads up to 6cm across in July and August and thistle-like prickly grey-green leaves. It's best planted in groups in poor well -drained soil in full sun at the back of a herbaceous border.

  • Garden care: Cut down to the ground after flowering to encourage a second flush of flowers. Lift and divide congested colonies in autumn or spring.


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