Echinops bannaticus 'Blue Globe'

Globe thistle

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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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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