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Echinops - Globe Thistles

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. The bold and ornamental, steel blue globe-shaped flowers (the size of a golf ball) at the end of gracefully curving, branched stems above thistle-like dark green leaves are truly lovely and enchanting. An ideal choice for the perennial border or for dried arrangements!
 

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Echinops (Globe Thistle)

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.

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Echinops bannaticus 'Blue Glow' (Globe Thistle)

Echinops bannaticus 'Blue Glow' (Globe Thistle) is a robust, upright herbaceous perennial with intense blue, perfectly round flowers, 1.5 in. across (4 cm), at the end of gracefully curving, unbranched stems. Blooming from early to late summer, they rise above the deeply cut foliage of prickly silvery green leaves. Though they look prickly, they are all show and not prickly at all.

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Echinops bannaticus 'Star Frost' (Globe Thistle)

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.

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Echinops bannaticus 'Taplow Blue' (Globe Thistle)

Robust, Echinops bannaticus 'Taplow Blue' is a very unique and appealing Globe Thistle with deeply cut foliage of prickly dark green leaves, downy and white underneath. From mid summer to early fall, it produces abundant, perfectly round, powdery steel-blue flower heads, 2-3 in. (5-7 cm), at the end of gracefully curving, branched, leafy stems.

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

Considered by most growers as the loveliest Globe Thistle, Echinops Ritro 'Veitch's Blue' is an excellent rebloomer that produces abundant, dark violet-blue flowers at the end of gracefully curving, branched, silvery stems. Blooming from mid summer to early fall, the bold and ornamental, steel blue globe-shaped flowers (the size of a golf ball) rise above the foliage of sharply divided, dark green leaves

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Echinops ritro subsp. ruthenicus (Small Globe Thistle)

Echinops ritro subsp. ruthenicus (Small Globe Thistle) is an erect herbaceous perennial boasting bright blue, globe-shaped flowers, 2.5 in. across (6 cm) at the end of sturdy, multi-branching, silvery-white stems. Blooming from mid summer to early fall, the bold and ornamental flowers rise above the foliage of glossy, sharply divided, silvery-green leaves, covered in down beneath.

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Echinops sphaerocephalus 'Arctic Glow' (Great Globe Thistle)

Strongly branched, Echinops sphaerocephalus 'Arctic Glow' (Great Globe Thistle) is a vigorous perennial with a profusion of golf-ball sized, densely packed with white, starry flowers. Blooming from mid to late summer, they are borne at the end of sturdy, reddish stems and contrast nicely with the foliage of silvery-green leaves.

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