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Echinops ‘Taplow Blue’

Globe thistle

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to September
  • Growth HabitUpright rosette
  • Flower ColourBright blue
  • Leaf ColourBlue-grey-green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Echinops ‘Taplow Blue’ (Globe thistle). ‘Taplow Blue’ produces bright blue flowers.

Characteristics

Annual, Perennial or Biennial, Shrub 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.

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Needs

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

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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