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Blue Globe Thistle

Echinops bannaticus

Also known as

Hungarian Globe Thistle, Globe thistle

Flickr - Per Ola Wiberg ~ mostly away - Blå bolltistel vid Rosenhill by Per Ola Wiberg (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H7

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1m

1m

Min

50cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Blue Globe Thistle Overview

Herbaceous perennial species that grows to an average height of around 1.2m, with an upright, clumping growth habit. It produces spiny, divided, grey-green foliage which is covered in hairs, stems are also covered in woolly hairs. Flowers are thistly, spherical and coloured blue-grey, around 5cm wide, these are borne on silvery-coloured, vertical stems.

Common problems with Blue Globe Thistle

How to propagate Blue Globe Thistle

Division

Propagate by division or from seed as long as the stock plant is not a hybrid or selected form.

Seed

Special features of Blue Globe Thistle

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Other uses of Blue Globe Thistle

Borders