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'

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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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