|A large group of low-maintenance, thistle-like perennials requiring only well-drained soil, sun and occasional water. Valued for their long-blooming flowers and striking, gray-woolly foliage, the blossoms also attract bees, butterflies, moths and hummingbirds. Excellent cut and dried flowers. Start by division or seed. Give plenty of room to grow. Cut flowers for dying just before the florets open. Wear gloves to protect hands from prickly leaves.
Globe-shaped, steel-blue flowers and deeply cut, gray-green leaves offer texture and color. Also in blue and white-flowering types. Heat-tolerant, plant will naturalize.
Attributes - Echinops ritro
Plant Type: Perennial
Bloom Season: Early Summer through Late Summer
Flower Color: Blue
Height: 3 ft. to 4 ft.
Width: 2 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Climate: Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Notes: Thrives in Hot Climates. Cut Flowers, Long Blooming, Low Maintenance. Susceptible to Aphids.