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Echinops bannaticus - 'Taplow Blue' (Echinops, Globe Thistle)

Echinops bannaticus - 'Taplow Blue' (Echinops, Globe Thistle)
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Type Herbaceous flower, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Spiky Foliage / Spiky Upright Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Blue-silver Flowers (Summer), Dark green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy, Drought Tolerant, Seaside Friendly
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Echinops bannaticus Description

This Echinops is suited to mixed sunny borders, flourishing in drier soils in a hot corner. Globe thistles long lasting blossom provides extended interest and its globe like flowers can be either cut for indoor flowers or left to provide height and interest in the winter months, especially when seed heads are frosted.

Echinops bannaticus - Cultivation Notes

This Echinops is a medium hieght herbaceous plant that will flourish when planted with other herbaceous plants and grasses. Echinops requires a minimum of inputs but will improve flowering with mulching every few years as well as being divided every few years. In exposed locations flowers might also need staking.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Echinops bannaticus:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Suitable for exposed coastal planting
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Echinops bannaticus

  • Invasive/spreading root growth

Design & Plant Use for Echinops bannaticus:

  • Summer flowering plant suitable for drift planting
  • Summer flowering herbaceous plant suitable for border planting
  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting

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