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Perennes Comunes

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Globe Thistle
Echinops ritro


Quick Profile

Exposure
Full Sun
 
Mature Height
2 - 4 Feet
 
USDA Hardiness Zones
3 - 8 
 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
 
Foliage Color
Silver/White
 
Bloom Color
Blue
 
Bloom Season
July - August
 
Size
Tall
 

Features

Unique blue-gray foliage and steel blue globe shaped flowers. Foliage looks like thistle. Foliage offers dramatic contrast in the garden.

Culture

Prefers well-drained soil in a full sun location

Notes

Drought tolerant once established. Very light shade during the hot part of the day may help retain good foliage quality. May reseed and spread. Needs very well-drained soil to overwinter successfully.