Globe Thistle (Echinops bannaticus)

photo credit: Cillas

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Location: My garden near Lincoln UKDate: 2009-08-09The flowers are worth a closer inspection!
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Location: My garden near Lincoln UKDate: 2008-08-15Bumblebees like this flower!
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Location: My garden near Lincoln UKDate: 2009-08-05Dramatic even in bud!
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Date: 2017-07-16
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Posted by JRsbugs (Near Lincoln UK) on Dec 20, 2011 2:52 PM

I grew these from seed obtained from VanDusen Botanical gardens. Planted in a very free draining quite poor soil, they survived our extremely cold winter 2010/11 in the UK. I have not found them to be invasive here, nor have they yet managed to seed around. The plants have slowly increased, they take little space and are attractive to bees as well as a social wasp I see on them every year. Ideally I would like them to bulk up a little more but they are alive! A group planting would be a good idea.

Leaves are mostly basal with a flower stem rising from them, there's usually a few smaller leaves on the flower stem. The leaves look like a thisle leaf, are prickly and grey-green

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