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Echinops bannaticus 'Star Frost' (Globe Thistle)

Globe Thistle 'Star Frost', Echinops 'Star Frost'


Nicely branched, Echinops bannaticus 'Star Frost' (Globe Thistle) is a robust, upright, herbaceous perennial with a profusion of golf-ball sized, silvery-white flowers at the end of gracefully curving, silvery-white stems. Blooming from mid summer to early fall, they rise above a bushy mound of prickly deep green leaves, silvery-green on the underside. Though they look prickly, they are all show and not prickly at all. Adding outstanding contrast, interest and color to the summer garden while being trouble-free and low maintenance, Globe Thistle makes an invaluable contribution to the landscape. Truly lovely and perfectly suited to the perennial border or the cutting garden. Blooms even in the first year.

  • Grows up to 3-4 ft. tall (90-120 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm).
  • A full sun lover (partial shade is tolerated), Echinops thrives in poor, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Rich soils to be avoided. Tolerant of hot and humid summers. While moisture is required during its growing season, this plant is drought tolerant thereafter.
  • A lovely addition to beds and borders, cottage gardens, wildlife gardens or gravel gardens.
  • Resilient to most pests and diseases, deer and rabbit resistant, this is a real magnet for bees or butterflies.
  • Propagate by seed sown in seed bed in mid spring. Propagate by division in spring or autumn. Propagate by root cuttings in winter
  • Deadhead to prevent self-seeding. Flowers are excellent for dried arrangements. Cut them before they open and dry them upside down.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 11
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Echinops - Globe Thistles
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (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
Garden Uses 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.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 11
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Echinops - Globe Thistles
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (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
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Cutting Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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