Globe Thistle (Echinops bannaticus 'Blue Globe')

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4b -31.7 °C (-25 °F) to -28.9 °C (-20 °F)
Plant Height: 42-48 inches
Plant Spread: 1-3 feet
Leaves: Other: spiny
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

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Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Jul 20, 2012 2:41 PM

I grew these from seed and they flowered the second year.
They look too much like thistle (the kind I pull out of the garden) to stay in my garden.
However I was pleased with the color and uniqueness of the flower.

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