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Echinops ritro 'Veitch's Blue'

Globe thistle

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


Echinops ritro 'Veitch's Blue'

Plant details

The spiky leaves and bristly metallic blue flowers of globe thistlesm Echinops ritro, make them a great architectural choice for the back of a sunny border. The spiny, cobwebbed leaves provide interest from spring until the blooms appear in late summer. Echinops ritro associates well with other tall striking late summer plants such as cardoon and echinacea or tall miscanthus grasses in an island bed.

Echinops ritro 'Veitch's Blue' is a particularly attractive globe thistle, bearing tight globes of deep blue flowers. It's extremely attractive to bees, butterflies and other insects, and makes an excellent cut flower. For best results grow Echinops ritro 'Veitch's Blue' in free-draining soil in full sun to partial shade. Cut plants down after flowering to encourage a second flush of blooms. If clumps become congested, lift and divide them in autumn or spring.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Echinops

Species: ritro

Cultivar: Veitch's Blue

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to divide plants: October to November

Flowering period: July to August

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