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Echinops (Globe Thistle)

Globe Thistle, Great Globe Thistle, Echinops bannaticus, Echinops ritro, Echinops sphaerocephalus (Echinops)


Adding outstanding contrast, interest and color to the summer garden while being trouble-free and low maintenance, Echinops (Globe Thistle) makes an invaluable contribution to the landscape. Blooming from mid summer to early fall, their bold and ornamental, steel blue or pristine white, globe-shaped flowers (the size of a golf ball) are truly lovely and enchanting. Borne at the end of sturdy stems, they dance gracefully above their handsome foliage of thistle-like dark green leaves.

  • Globe Thistles grow up to 2-5 ft. tall (60-150 cm) and 1-3 ft. across (30-90 cm). They will self-seed in the garden if not deadheaded.

'Taplow Blue'

'Arctic Glow'

'Veitch's Blue'

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  • They thrive in full sun in average, consistently moist, well-drained soils. They tolerate some partial shade as well as a wide range of soils, including poor dry soils. While moisture is required during their growing season, Globe Thistles are drought tolerant thereafter.
  • Globe Thistles are lovely additions to beds and borders, cottage gardens, wildlife gardens or coastal gardens.
  • Resilient to most pests and diseases, deer and rabbit resistant, they are real magnets for bees or butterflies.

'Blue Glow'

'Star Frost'

ritro subsp. ruthenicus

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  • Deadheading the flowers will extend the bloom season.
  • Cut down winter damaged stems to the base in early spring. Flowers are excellent for dried arrangements. Cut them before they open and dry them upside down.

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Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 11
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Echinops - Globe Thistles
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 4' (60cm - 120cm)
Spread 1' - 3' (30cm - 90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Cutting Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 11
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Echinops - Globe Thistles
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 4' (60cm - 120cm)
Spread 1' - 3' (30cm - 90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Cutting Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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