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Echinops ritro

Common Name(s):
Globe thistle
Category:
Perennials
Comment:

The many small, blue flowers which make up the globe-shaped heads of globe thistle are very attractive to bees. To keep the deep blue color in dried arrangements, cut flowers when young and place in a warm, dry room.

Season:
Summer
Height:
24-48 in.
Flower Color:
Deep blue
Hardiness:
USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8
Propagation:
Division and/or root cuttings in spring
Exposure:
Full sun to partial shade
Soil:
Well-drained soil
Regions:
Mountains, Piedmont
Origin:
Europe
Tags:
sun, summer, partial shade, blue, pollinators, perennials

NCCES plant id: 708

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Echinops ritro Echinops ritro flower detail
Photo by Alexandre Dulaunoy, CC-BY-SA-2.0