Echinops bannaticus Blue Glow

Globe Thistle

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Plant Code: ECBG

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Vibrant steel-blue globes of summer color. Silvery, strong foliage is spiny with downy undersides. Very colorful and drought tolerant. When Echinops Blue Glow is combined with Achillea or daylilies it will provide an interesting contrast of shape and color.


Type: Perennials
Height: Tall 3-4'
Spacing: Plant 1-2' apart
Bloom Time: Early Summer to Late Summer
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Mostly Sunny
Zones: 3-8   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Acidic, Sandy
Flower: Blue
Accent: Blue
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Beneficial for Pollinators
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Good for Cut Flowers
  • Deer Resistant
  • Hot Dry Site Tolerant
  • Seaside/Salt Tolerant
  • Winter Interest

Echinops General Information

Echinops are not thistles despite their common name, Globe Thistle. Provides carefree late summer color. Does well in any soil. Provides good color and contrast in the perennial border, especially toward the back, or in the cut flower garden.

Echinops Plant Care

Deadhead initial blooms and several smaller shorter blooms will appear. Once done blooming, cut all flower stalks to the basal foliage and leave to overwinter. Clean up in spring. These plants are slow to recover after being moved or divided. Can be divided in early spring by carefully splitting a few offsets from the base of an established clump.