Globe thistle

Echinops bannaticus 'Taplow Blue'

Globe thistle - Echinops bannaticus  'Taplow Blue'

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

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Good for wildlife

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.80 m (180 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.60 m (60 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

Spherical bright blue flower-heads up to 5cm (2in) across in July and August and prickly grey-green leaves. This gorgeous globe thistle is highly attractive to butterflies and bees. An eye-catching yet undemanding perennial for the back of a herbaceous or mixed border it's best planted in poor well-drained soil in full sun.

  • Garden care: Lift and divide congested colonies in autumn or spring.


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