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Echinops ritro or 'Globe Thistle' is a hardy perennial and a non-demanding plant for the border. This robust, upright herbaceous perennial has jaggedy-divided, prickly dark green leaves which are whitish beneath. In late summer through to autumn, the globular heads of round, violet-blue flower heads appear, each on silvery, branched leafy stems. The handsome spherical buds grow to about the size of a golf ball, they open into flower from the top down.
With deeply lobed, dark green foliage, which looks jagged and prickly, but actually the undersides are downy. Atop the stiff, rigid stems the spherical blooms appear, they have a metallic lustre and may be cut for the vase, or dried for winter decoration. The plants begin flowering in July and will repeat flower throughout the season, deadheaded after flowering to encourage a second flush of flowers and extend the season. The plants grow 90 to 120cm (36 to 48in) tall, with a spread of 60cm (24in) and are suitable for the mid to the back of the herbaceous border. Beautiful for mixing with the flowers of high summer, providing not just colour but variation of form. Plants may be trimmed to the ground in late fall, or left for winter interest.
Remarkably low maintenance and hardy, the plants are drought, pest and disease resistant. The flowers will attract many bees and butterflies into the garden. It is interesting to watch the bees on these globe shaped flowers, they will methodically circumnavigate each globe until all available nectar has been harvested.
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Germination; Sow indoors. Sow 2mm deep into moist well-drained seed compost. Choose a seed tray or pot which is quite deep. Sow seed 30mm apart as they require plenty of space. Ideal temp. 20°C. Germination takes 2 weeks approx. Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle to 8cm pots and grow on. Spring sowings can be planted out after danger of frost has passed. Autumn sowings should be grown on for a year before planting out with 50cm spacing.
Growing; Prefers poor, well-drained soil in full sun but will tolerate most soils in full or partial sun.
Cultivation; Deadhead to prevent self-seeding. Cut down to the ground after flowering to encourage a second flush of flowers.