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Echinops (Globe Thistle)
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Including Echinops bannaticus ‘Blue Glow’, Echinops bannaticus ‘Star Frost’, and Echinops sphaerocephalus ‘Arctic Glow’

Echinops

Globe Thistle

Bees and butterflies adore Echinops. They are so easy to care for that you will too. Equally stunning in the garden or as a fresh or dried cut flower, their perfectly round blooms and statuesque profile bring intriguing definition to surrounding softer forms. Thriving in well drained soil, even if it is poor or sandy, the Globe Thistle is an undemanding perennial well worth making room for.


Echinops bannaticus ‘Blue Glow’  full sun

Intensely blue, the surreal-looking globes of this Echinops perch on stalks lined with elegant, jagged-edged gray-green foliage. Backlit by the late afternoon sun and planted en masse, ‘Blue Glow’s flowers seem to float amidst spiky Muhlenbergia rigens and the dark domes of Angelica gigas.

Blooms July–early September.

Size: 4' 0" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Echinops bannaticus ‘Blue Glow’ (P-0936)
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Echinops bannaticus ‘Star Frost’  full sun

Round, pearly white blooms sojourn on well-branched sturdy stalks that arenít quite as tall as Echinops ‘Blue Glow’s. Thistlelike narrow green leaves show off downy gray-green bellies, while the distinctive flowers proudly illuminate a drift of Leymus ‘Canyon Prince’.

Blooms July – early September.

Size: 3-1/3' high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Echinops bannaticus ‘Star Frost’ (P-1592)
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Echinops bannaticus ‘Taplow Blue’  full sun  new plant

Listed in Jeff Cox’s Perennial All-Stars as one of 150 top perennial performers, ‘Taplow Blue’ attracts gardeners, bees and butterflies alike. Branched leafy silver-hued stems gracefully curve upwards, clothed in handsome deeply cut thistle-like grey-green leaves with niveous flip sides. Surmounting strong stems for several months, the powdery steel blue spherical heads make an extraordinary presentation, especially when massed or positioned alongside softer-looking flowers such as Solidago ‘Fireworks’ and Aster ‘Bridal Veil’.

Blooms July–early September

Size: 4' 0"–5' 0" high x 20"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Echinops bannaticus ‘Taplow Blue’ (P-1931)
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Echinops sphaerocephalus ‘Arctic Glow’  full sun
Echinops sphaerocephalus Arctic Glow Echinops sphaerocephalus Arctic Glow

Topping erect mahogany-hued stems, snowy spheres provide a statuesque element heightened by prickly, silver-washed greenery. Planted with stately companions like Aconitum, Digitalis ‘Gigantea Gelber Herold’ and Veronicastrum, its noble orbs appear to glow.

Blooms July–early September.

Size: 2-1/2'–3' 0" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


Echinops sphaerocephalus ‘Arctic Glow’ (P-0845)
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