Echinops ritro

Globe Thistle

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.
Echinops ritro, Globe Thistle
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

Foliage: Deciduous

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.

Related Plants

Echinops bannaticus 'Blue Glow', Echinops ritro 'Taplow Blue'
 
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