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Echinops bannaticus 'Blue Globe'

Globe thistle

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Blue

Feature

Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (20467)

Plant details

The 'Blue Globe' is an effective clump-forming perennial with round, dark blue flower-heads that open in mid- and late summer. The spiny, shapely leaves are also a big attraction. Once the flowers have finished, cut them right back to get a second flush. Like other globe thistles, it attracts plenty of butterflies and bees, and the cut flowers are good when dried. Grow at the front of a border because they don't obstruct views, and are very tactile.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Echinops

Species: bannaticus

Cultivar: Blue Globe

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 120cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to plant seeds: April to May

Time to divide plants: September to May


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