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Echinops ritro ‘Veitch's Blue’

Globe thistle

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Features

  • BloomsAugust to October
  • Height0.7m to 1m
  • Spread0.6m to 0.8m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourPurple-blue
  • Leaf ColourGreen shades
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Echinops ritro ‘Veitch's Blue’ (Globe thistle). Produces round, thistle-like, purple-blue flowers carried on long, silvery stems in late summer. Has sharply divided, medium green leaves.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Fragrant

Origin

Europe, Western Asia

Interest and use

Dried arrangements, ornamental

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Propagate by division in autumn or spring or from seed as long as the stock plant is not a hybrid or selected form. Root cuttings may be done in winter.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Susceptible to aphids.

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