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Echinops sphaerocephalus

Globe thistle

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to August
  • Height1.5m to 2.5m
  • Spread0.8m to 1.1m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourBlue-mauve
  • Leaf ColourGrey green

Description

Echinops sphaerocephalus (Globe thistle). A clumped perennial from Central and south Europe. Grey green leaves are pinnatifid to pinnatisect and pinnately lobed. Flowers are blue-mauve and appear in mid summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Shrub or Herbaceous

Origin

C & S Europe

Interest and use

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

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°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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