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Globe Thistle in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Echinops

 

Globe Thistle

Echinops can be annuals, perennials or biennials. The ball shaped flowers can vary in size according to the variety, the flowers can be white or pale to deep blue, often with a gleaming metallic shine. They are very prickly and attractive to bees, butterflies and other insects.

 
plant Features
  • Globe Thistle likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Globe Thistle likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Globe Thistle is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Globe Thistle likes free draining

    Free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Globe Thistle

Latin name

Echinops

type

Herbaceous Perennials

family

Asteraceae

ph

5.0 - 8.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Globe Thistle likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Globe Thistle is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Globe Thistle likes free draining

    Free draining

  • Water

    Globe Thistle likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Globe Thistle is 1.00meters x 1.50meters 1.00 M 1.50 M

Echinops

Echinops can be annuals, perennials or biennials. The ball shaped flowers can vary in size according to the variety, the flowers can be white or pale to deep blue, often with a gleaming metallic shine. They are very prickly and attractive to bees, butterflies and other insects.


Flowering season

From Early Summer TO Late Summer

Tight globes of deep blue flowers. Flowers in summer.

 

Planting outdoors

From Early Spring TO Mid Spring

Plant container grown plants in spring, they prefer a well drained poor soil and do best in full sun.

 

Propagation by root cuttings.

From Late Autumn TO Mid Winter

Carefully lift the plant out of the ground, do not to damage its roots. Rinse the roots in water to remove all soil. With a sharp knife, take off 5cm lengths of pencil thin roots. Fill pots with compost to which grit has been added, lay the cuttings, spaced out, on top. Cover with a thin layer of compost. Water well, label pots and place in a in a cold frame or somewhere cool indoors. Replant the parent plant.

 

Propagation by seed

From Early Spring TO Mid Spring

Plant in outside in permanent position in prepared ground, thin as required.

 
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