Echinops ritro

Globe Thistle


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Beautiful striking blue spherical flower heads experiencing a revival in the floristry world. Bee friendly.


30 seeds per packet

19 in stock

    Flower type:Focal
    Life cycle:Perennial
    Climate:Will toletrate frost and live for many years.
    Sowing guide:Can sow in trays year round and transplant after 4-6 weeks. Take care when transplanting to not damage the taproot.
    Planting Season:Autumn / Spring / Summer
    Germination guide:7-14 days @ 20-24 C. Light required - cover seed with a thin layer of vermiculite
    Good Bee Food:No
    Flowering time:Early to late summer (if sown early in the year)
    Pinch:Not necessary
    Position:Full Sun
    Final height:90-120cm
    Spacing:60 cm

    Growing Tips:

    Robust once established. Will tolerate a wide variety of soils.

    Harvesting Tips:

    Only harvest once the first couple of flowers are open. For drying you need to harvest before they open, but wait for a deep blue colour. Best to wear gloves - this is a very prickly thistle indeed.

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