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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Q:When can I move my Echinops safely?
Hi I want to transplant an Echinops which is being swamped by a large shrub. The Echinops is at present about 18 ins high. Is it likely to survive if I do it now in April? I'm afraid it may not "do" much this summer otherwise as it will be completely in the shade? I would be grateful for your advice. Thank you SueAsked on 4/16/2010 by Sue Heggs
A:Thank you! I think I'll try and curb my desire to shift it immediately! SueAnswered on 4/16/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hello Sue, Ideally these should be lifted from autumn to spring while they are still dormant, so it will be tricky doing it now. My advice would be that if the plant looks healthy enough, then leave it where it is this summer and move it in autumn. If however it looks like it is really struggling, then take the risk and do it now. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/16/2010 by Sue Heggs
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