Echinops ritro

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Globe Thistle

USDA Hardiness Zone 2-8

Steel blue 2-3" prickly globe flower towers above blue-green, deeply cut foliage.
Interesting planted with other perennials that will highlight its unique flower and foliage shape.

Height

24-48 Inches

Spread

24-36 Inches

Color

Blue/Purple

Interesting Notes

A great dried flower! Bees and Butterflies love this plant!

Genus name comes from the Greek words echinos meaning a hedgehog and ops meaning appearance in reference to the flower heads.

Bloom Time

July-September

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Will reseed freely and is very drought resistant once established.

When to Divide

in spring, only after plants are at least 3 years old

Good Companions

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), White Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum), Stonecrop (Sedum kamtschaticum), Black-Eyed-Susan (Rudbeckia speciosa), Autumn Moor Grass (Sesleria autumnalis)

Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes & Uses
Cut Flowers
Dried Flowers
Crafts
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Exposure
Full Sun
Foliage Color
Blue-Green
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Fall
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Fall
Summer
Soil Moisture Preference
Well-drained
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