Echinops bannaticus 'Blue Globe'
A short globe thistle with true-blue prickly heads that mature to ragged spheres as the bees and butterflies descend in search of nectar
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: poor, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July and August
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Ever popular for their globes of blue flowers that attract hoards of insects, globe thistles bring a natural look to the garden. This variety has masses of large, spherical, dark blue flower-heads up to 6cm across in July and August and thistle-like, prickly, grey-green leaves. It's best planted in groups in poor, well -drained soil in full sun, at the back of a herbaceous border.
- Garden care: Cut down to the ground after flowering to encourage a second flush of flowers. Lift and divide congested colonies in autumn or spring.
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