Echinops bannaticus 'Taplow Blue'

9cm pot £6.99
available to order from summer
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Buy Echinops bannaticus 'Taplow Blue' blue globe thistle: Spherical, bright blue flower-heads

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: poor, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: July and August
  • 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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A good plant for a dry, sunny spot


Bought two to try in different locations. Hot and dry was best, slightly more shade and moisture still flowered but not as much.

Brambles mum



Pretty blue


Pretty blue 'ball' but not as tall as I had wanted. My fault - I should have researched more. Grew easily




I would buy this product again


Healthy plants. No high maintenance. They are not very high but the bees and butterflies love their blue flower. Adds a spring of cold color in bright patios making a nice contrast.




Beautiful shape


Love the round head and beautiful blue.




The plants were lovely and healthy


The plants grew really well, they were in a hot dry area. They weren't prolific bloomers, and their blooms were smaller than the image, they didn't need staking until much later in the season. I would have bought again because they are unusual.






A superb plant, great for the back of a sunny border. Looks particularly wonderful in groups along with Echinacea (Yellow Conehead) & Achillea. Absolutely brilliant for bees and butterflies, and the dead seed heads sometimes bring in Goldfinches. A must buy.




beautiful plant, the bees love it


Got three of this species back end of summer last year so they've not yet bloomed, after this bad winter they have started growing back nicely and I'm excited to see them in full bloom covered in bees. they arrived well and healthy, also great packaging



A little disappointing in its first year


I ordered three of these. They came promptly but soon the growth seemed very different- one was big and robust, one medium-sized and the third a bit sickly. When planted out, the little one soon succumed to slugs/snails, and I think only the largest actually flowered. Having said that, I've just spotted signs of growth for the surviving two, so hopefully a better display this year. The flowering head was a little smaller than I imagined- you've need at least 5 in a group for real impact.




A beautiful blue.


I planted this echinops at the back of my sunny border as it's very tall &stately. It flowered in its first year, delightful blue flowers resembling lollipops. A lovely addition to my garden,& harmonising well with my other tall plants. The flowers lasted well into November. It did need staking however.




Interesting plant/deserves a corner/ but ....


Needs care in dry weather otherwise it blooms late and gets soggy in autumn. Essential to keep slugs at bay ....they will do anything to get to the plant and will devour it in a night.


West Surrey



4.4 10


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 Sue

Sue Heggs

Thank you! I think I'll try and curb my desire to shift it immediately! Sue

Crocus Helpdesk

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 Doctor

Sue Heggs



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