Echinops 'Bannaticus Blue Glow'

Plant Details

Common Name: Globe Thistle
Type: Herbaceous Perennial
Habit: Upright
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 2 to 4 feet
Spread: 1 to 2 feet
Bloom Time: July to August
Blooms: Steel Blue
Foliage: Green on Top. White on Bottom.
Features: Has Thorns. Tolerant of Dry, Shallow and Rocky Soil.

Blue Glow’ has globular, thistle-like, intense steel blue flowerheads at the stem tops in summer.  Echinops bannaticus is an erect, clump-forming perennial globe thistle that typically grows to 4’ (less frequently to 6’) tall on stiff, sometimes branching stems. Spiny, dissected foliage are rough green above and downy-white below.

Sunny borders, cottage gardens. Excellent accent.


Quick Facts

Plant Care

Sun: Full Sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates wide range of soils, including poor dryish ones, as long as well-drained. Avoid rich soils. Echinops has a tap root that makes it hard to divide or transplant. ‘Blue Glow’ may self-seed in the garden if not deadheaded.

No serious insect or disease problems. Taller stems may need staking, particularly if grown in rich, fertile soils.


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