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As with other globe thistles, this plant attracts plenty of butterflies and bees, and the cut flowers are good when dried. They can be grown at the front of a border because they don't obstruct views, and are very tactile. Echinops ritro 'Veitch's Blue' produces blue globes of flowers.
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
Skill level: Beginner
Time to divide plants: October to November
Flowering period: July to August
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