Echinops bannaticus 'Taplow Blue'
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: poor, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July and August
- Flower colour: bright blue
- Other features: excellent cut-flowers
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Spherical, bright blue flower-heads up to 5cm (2in) across in July and August and prickly, grey-green leaves. This gorgeous globe thistle is highly attractive to butterflies and bees. An eye-catching, yet undemanding perennial for the back of a herbaceous or mixed border, it's best planted in poor, well-drained soil in full sun.
- Garden care: Lift and divide congested colonies in autumn or spring.
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Q:Would these do well in pots?Asked on 14/2/2015 by Suzy from Hull
Yes you could, but these plants can grow up to 1.8m tall so they will need to be a large pot to prevent them being caught by the wind and blown over. Also they like a poor, well drained soil so I would make sure that the compost doesn't get waterlogged and isn't too rich.
Hope this helps.Answered on 4/3/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
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 16/4/2010 by Sue Heggs
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 16/4/2010 by Sue Heggs
A:Thank you! I think I'll try and curb my desire to shift it immediately! SueAnswered on 16/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
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