Echinops ritro / Globe Thistle / Seeds

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Echinops ritro / Globe Thistle / Seeds

A great border plant, with spiky grey/green leaves and tall spikes of globe shaped violet blue flowers in mid to late summer.   Plants grow up to 1.2m in height and look good grouped together in a border.  The globes make good dried flowers.

Globe Thistles prefer full sun to part shade and any soil that is not waterlogged. 
 

Pack of 30 seeds.  Sow in spring to autumn. Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.

   

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Hardiness Hardy herbaceous perennial (RHS Hardiness H7)
Flowers Mid summer
Height 50 - 120cm
Spread 10 - 50cm
Conditions  Sun to light shade and any soil that is not water-logged
Sow

Sow in spring to autumn.  Sow 2mm deep in a tray of moist seed compost. Germination takes 2 -3 weeks at 20-22C, sometimes up to two months.  If there is no germination, place the tray in a fridge for 3 weeks and then back into the warmth.  Plant into pots when seedlings can be handled and then out into the garden after hardening-off.  

Grow Easy to grow very hardy and tolerant of most soils and aspects.  Deadhead if you want to control self-seeding.   The plants die down in the winter when the old foliage can be cleared away, and start re-growing in the spring.