Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Zone 3 Flowers: Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro)




Description: Globe thistles are stalwart perennials that produce metallic-blue blossoms with perfectly round flower heads atop ribbed stems. Plants grow two to five feet tall and almost as wide. The spiny-edged leaves are white and woolly underneath.

Hardy: Zone 3


Bloom Time: Late summer - early fall

Height: 2- 5 feet

Spacing: 18'' - 24''

Sun Needs: Full sun

Water Needs: Low (When established)

Outstanding Features: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds.

Uses: The larger species are impressive when used in background plantings or when grown as specimen plants. The smaller types are attractive in a bed, border, or wild garden. Is also nice dried or in cut arrangements.

Tips: Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season. This plant is resistant to deer.

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1 comment:

  1. You have me considering these plants for my new garden

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