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Echinops ritro - 'Veitch's Blue' (Globe Thistle, Echinops)

Type Herbaceous flower, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Upright Taller-Growing Clump
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Light blue Flowers (Summer), Dark green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Echinops ritro Description

Echinops is suited to mixed sunny borders, flourishing in moist or dry soils. 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 ritro - Cultivation Notes

Globe thistle is a tall 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 ritro:

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

Design & Plant Use for Echinops ritro:

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