'Platinum Blue' Globe Thistle Seeds

(P) Pkt of 25 seeds
Item #54038-PK-P1


Globe Thistle serves as the host plant for the painted lady butterfly

Days to Maturity: 147; 77 from transplant

'Platinum Blue' Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro) is a highly ornamental perennial that blooms abundantly midsummer through early fall. The 1- to 2-inch flower heads are bold, spiky, and brilliant sky-blue spheres filled with the nectar honeybees and butterflies find irresistible. Borne atop stiff, rigid, woolly white stems, the flowers rise above finely feathered, dark green basal leaves. They make great cut flowers, fresh or dried. Attractive seed heads follow the flowers, adding textural interest to the late season garden.

A Echinops ritro, commonly called small globe thistle, the plant has an upright habit and a carefree attitude. It may self-seed under optimal conditions, but not aggressively. It is a great choice for the back of the perennial border, and it's perfect for xeriscapes, cutting gardens, and containers.

Cold hardy and easy to grow, globe thistle thrives in warm, dry regions, growing best in sunny to mostly sunny locations with poor, dry to medium moist, well-draining soils. But it grows well in a variety of soils, including shallow, rocky soils. But the soil must be well-drained, and if it's too fertile, the plants will become leggy. Although globe thistle is exceptionally low maintenance, deadheading spent blooms encourages a longer, heavier bloom and discourages any unwanted self-seeding. The plant is deer and rabbit resistant and salt, heat, and very drought tolerant.


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Genus Echinops
Species ritro ssp. ruthenicus
Variety 'Platinum Blue' Globe Thistle
Item Form (P) Pkt of 25 seeds
Zone 3 - 8
Bloom Start to End Mid Summer - Early Fall
Days to Maturity 147
Seeds Per Pack 25
Plant Height 23 in
Plant Width 8 in
Additional Characteristics Flower, Heirloom
Bloom Color Blue
Foliage Color Dark Green
Moisture Requirements Dry
Resistance Drought Tolerant, Cold Hardy
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Cut Flowers, Outdoor

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