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Echinops ritro ‘Veitch’s Blue’

Globe thistle

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Flowers
Flowers

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  • Botanical name: Echinops ritro 'Veitch's Blue'
  • Common name: Globe thistle
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial
Flower colour:

Blue

Foliage colour:

Green

The spiky leaves and bristly metallic blue flowers of globe thistles 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.

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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.

How to grow Echinops 'Veitch's Blue'

  • Plant size

    90cm height

    45cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do Sow in March

Do Sow in April

Do not Sow in May

Do not Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do not Sow in September

Do not Sow in October

Do not Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

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

Do not Divide in February

Do not Divide in March

Do not Divide in April

Do not Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do Divide in October

Do Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Echinops 'Veitch's Blue' and wildlife

Echinops 'Veitch's 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 'Veitch's Blue' poisonous?

Echinops 'Veitch's 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 'Veitch's Blue'