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Globe Thistle

Echinops ritro 'Veitch's Blue'

Upright, thistle-like blue flowers on silvery-stems.

Globe Thistle is a well-behaved perennial for the border, despite its name. Plants form a bushy, upright mound of thistly looking grey-green leaves, bearing stems of ball-shaped steel-blue flowers through the summer. Excellent for cutting fresh or drying. Attractive to butterflies. Globe Thistle should be divided every 3 to 4 years, in early spring. Plants may be trimmed to the ground in late fall, or left for winter interest. In areas with wet soil in winter, better success may come from growing these in a raised bed. May need staking.


Bloom Time:

Blooms summer to fall

Mature Height:

36-40 In

Hardiness Zone:

2-9 Find your zone


Full Sun

Features and Usage:

Greenhouse Growing Instructions:

Start at 55-65° F keeping soil on the drier side until new growth appears. Once plants are actively growing, water moderately but allow soil to dry between watering. Grow on at 60-70°F. Plants generally finish in 8-10 weeks based on growing conditions.
Plants Per Gallon: 1
Storage Temperature Prior to Planting: 38
Cooler Humidity Prior to Planting: Low

Transplanting Instructions:

Plant in well draining professional potting soil. Spread roots downward in the pot leaving crown just at the soil surface. Water immediately and apply a broad spectrum fungicide according to directions to avoid crown and root rot.

Homeowner Planting and Maintenance Tips:

Easy to grow in well-drained soil in full sun.

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