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Echinops

Globe Thistle

Bees and butterflies adore Echinops. They are so undemanding that you will too. Equ­al­ly fabulous in the garden or in a vase as a fresh or dried cut flower, their impressive profile brings intriguing definition to surrounding softer forms. Thriving in well-drained soil, even if it’s poor or sandy, the Globe Thistle is a sensational perennial worth making room for.

<i>Echinops bannaticus</i> ‘Blue Glow’

Surreal-looking, intensely blue globes are perched atop sturdy stalks lined with winsome, jagged-edged gray-green foliage. The perfectly round blooms and statuesque bearing can be backlit by the late afternoon sun and planted en masse amid spiky Muhlenbergia rigens and the dark domes of Angelica gigas.

Blooms July–September

Size: 4' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Round, pearly-white blooms sojourn on well-branched steadfast stalks that aren’t quite as tall as Echinops ‘Blue Glow’s. Thistle-like narrow green leaves flash downy gray-green flip sides, while the distinctive flowers proudly illuminate a drift of Schizachyrium ‘MinnblueA’.

Blooms July–early September

Size: 3-1/3' high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Echinops bannaticus ‘Taplow Blue’ (P-1931)

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<i>Echinops bannaticus</i> ‘Taplow Blue’

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 pewter-hued stems gracefully curve upwards, attired in handsome, deeply cut thistle-like grey-green leaves with niveous backsides. 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–September

Size: 4' 0" – 5' 0" high x 20" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Echinops ritro ‘Veitchs Blue’ (P-1911)

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<i>Echinops ritro</i> ‘Veitchs Blue’

Brimming with innate artistry, this durable perennial unleashes a pollinator’s mecca of stunning, golf ball-sized dark blue blooms. Stiff silver-laced stems soldier straight up, producing deeply chiseled, spine-tipped green leaves, whose flip sides sport a mercury-hued tomentose. Ideal for juxtaposing against Sorghastrum ‘Indian Steel’, Phlox ‘Jeana’ and Verbascum ‘Wedding Candles’, clump-forming ‘Veitch’s Blue’ grows slightly smaller than the species, while its flowers are more profuse and a deeper blue.

Blooms July–September

Size: 3' 0" – 3-1/2' high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Echinops sphaerocephalus</i> ‘Arctic Glow’ <i>Echinops sphaerocephalus</i> ‘Arctic Glow’

Topping erect mahogany-hued stems, snow white balls provide a stately element heightened by prickly, frost-imbued greenery. Planted with compelling companions like Aconitum, Digitalis ‘Gigantea Gelber Herold’ and Veronicastrum, its noble orbs appear to glow. 

Blooms July–September

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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