Echinops bannaticus 'Taplow Blue'

Echinops bannaticus ‘Taplow Blue’

Globe thistle

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Flowers
Flowers

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  • Botanical name: Echinops bannaticus 'Taplow Blue'
  • Common name: Globe thistle
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Deciduous

The spiky leaves and bristly metallic blue flowers of globe thistles Echinops bannaticus ‘Taplow Blue’, make them a great architectural choice for the back of a sunny border. Bearing large, bright blue globe-shaped flowers in contrast with spiny, cobwebbed leaves, it provides interest from spring until autumn. 

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Echinops bannaticus ‘Taplow Blue’ associates well with other tall, late summer plants such as cardoon and echinacea or tall miscanthus grasses in an island bed. It’s extremely attractive to bees, butterflies and other insects, and makes an excellent cut flower. For best results grow 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.

How to grow Echinops 'Taplow Blue'

  • Plant size

    1.8m height

    60cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Back

  • Sun exposure: Full sun

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Sow

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Plant
Plant

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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

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Collect seeds
Collect seeds

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Do Collect seeds in September

Do Collect seeds in October

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Do not Collect seeds in December

Echinops 'Taplow Blue' and wildlife

Echinops 'Taplow Blue' is known for attracting bees, beneficial insects, butterflies​/​moths and other pollinators. It nectar-pollen-rich-flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Attractive to Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Attractive to Other pollinators

Is Echinops 'Taplow Blue' poisonous?

Echinops 'Taplow Blue' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Echinops 'Taplow Blue'