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Echinops Genus

Globe thistle

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Poor quality
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Echinops genus (Globe thistle). This genus has about 120 species of upright perennials, biennials and annuals which are native to southern Europe, and central Asia. The foliage is usually grey-green and thistle-like. The flowers are pom-pom shape and are either blue-grey or white.

Characteristics

Annuals, Perennials or Biennials, Shrubs or Herbaceous

Origin

C & S Europe to S. Asia, Africa

Interest and use

Grown for their globe-like, spiky flower heads. Borders. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Cultivation

They are fully hardy and will grow well in full sun in poor soil. Dead head to prevent self seeding.

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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