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Echinops ritro, commonly known as globe thistle, is a unique perennial plant with striking, spiky blue flowers that resemble miniature globes. The flowers bloom from mid-summer to early fall and are a popular attraction for bees and butterflies. The plant grows up to 3 feet tall and has deeply divided, dark green foliage that adds texture to the landscape.
• Height: 90-120 cm (35-47 in)
• Spread: 45-60 cm (18-24 in)
• Flower color: Blue
• Flowering period: Mid-summer to early fall
• Foliage: Dark green, deeply divided
• Sunlight requirements: Full sun
• Soil requirements: Well-draining, sandy or loamy soil, pH 6.0-7.5
• Hardiness Zone: 2
Globe thistle is a great addition to any garden or landscape design. It adds a unique architectural element with its globe-like flowers and spiky foliage. It is also an excellent choice for cut flower arrangements.
Globe thistle is a low-maintenance plant that is drought tolerant and deer resistant. It is also attractive to pollinators and can help promote a healthy ecosystem in the garden.
Globe thistle prefers full sun and well-draining soil. It is drought tolerant once established and should only be watered during extended dry periods. Deadhead spent flowers to promote additional blooms.
Echinops ritro has been grown in gardens for centuries, and it remains a popular choice for its unique appearance and low maintenance requirements. Its spiky foliage and striking blue flowers add texture and color to the landscape, making it a great choice for any garden or landscape design.