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Echinops bannaticus ‘Blue Globe’

Globe Thistle

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to August
  • Height1m
  • Spread0.45m
  • Speed of GrowthModerate
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourBlue
  • Leaf ColourMid to grey-green

Description

Echinops bannaticus ‘Blue Globe’ (Globe Thistle). This globe thistle produces bright blue spherical composite flowers which attract beneficial insects and butterflies to the garden in their droves. They form attractive seed heads and their thistle-like appearance lends itself to a natural-looking garden.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Herbaceous

Origin

C & S Europe to S. Asia, Africa

Interest and use

Grown for flowers, which are good cut, fresh or dried. Attract beneficial insects and butterflies.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Plant in well-drained soil.

Propagation

You can propagate by division or seed in the autumn or by root cuttings in the winter.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Susceptible to aphids.

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