I grow 4 of these plants in a full sun area that gets no supplemental irrigation. The heavy clay soil has been moderately amended with compost. The plants grows full and tall every year. If not supported or trimmed during the summer, it will flop but will have new growth in the center. I've trimmed it almost down to the ground and the new growth pops up for a full 2nd display. Trimming during the summer prevents flop and promotes new blooms. Bees absolutely love it! It's also nice in flower arrangements. I've gotten only a few volunteers in 4 years. I've had difficulty transplanting the volunteers, I think because of the deep taproot. I live in a suburb south of Denver, CO zone 5b. I trim it down to the ground every fall.
Blue Glow Globe Thistle Echinops bannaticus
Intense blue, globe shaped flowers. Silvery green leaves. Great for flower arrangements.Drought TolerantAttracts:ButterfliesResists:DeerRabbits
CharacteristicsPlant Type:PerennialHeight Category:TallGarden Height:36 - 48 InchesSpacing:24 InchesSpread:24 InchesFlower Colors:BlueFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:Silvery greenHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).Maintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Early SummerBloom Time:Mid SummerBloom Time:Late SummerHardiness Zones:3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8bWater Category:AverageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilSoil Fertility Requirement:Poor SoilSoil PH Category:Acidic SoilSoil PH Category:Alkaline SoilSoil PH Category:Neutral SoilUses:Border PlantUses:Cut FlowerUses:Dried FlowerUses:Mass PlantingUses:Specimen or Focal PointMaintenance Notes:
Best in poor, well-drained soil. Tolerates most soil types. Remove spent flowers.
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Cmcree, Colorado, United States, 3 years ago