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Globe Thistle ‘Vietch’s Blue’ (Echinops ritro)

Pot Size
Deep Blue

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Globe Thistle is a well-behaved perennial for the border, despite its name. Plants form a bushy, upright mound of thistly looking grey-green leaves, bearing stems of ball-shaped steel-blue flowers through the summer. Excellent for cutting fresh or drying. Attractive to butterflies. Globe Thistle should be divided every 3 to 4 years, in early spring. Plants may be trimmed to the ground in late fall, or left for winter interest. In areas with wet soil in winter, better success may come from growing these in a raised bed. May need staking.

 Sun Exposure 
  Full Sun

Soil Type 
  Normal or
  Sandy or

Soil pH 
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or

Soil Moisture 
  Average or

Care Level 


Flower Colour 
  Deep Blue 

Blooming Time 
  Early Summer  
  Mid Summer  
  Late Summer  
  Early Fall 

Foliage Color 
  Grey Green 

Plant Uses & Characteristics 
  Accent: Good Texture/Form  
  Attracts Butterflies  
  Attracts Hummingbirds  
  Cut Flower  
  Deer Resistant  
  Dried Flower  
  Rabbit Resistant  

Flower Head Size 

   90-100 cm  
   35-39 inches

   60-75 cm  
   23-29 inches

Foot Traffic 

Growth Rate 

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