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Echinops ritro ‘Veitch’s Blue’


Echinops ritro 'Veitch's Blue' is a great, somewhat old-fashioned perennial with wonderful shiny spheres that turn blue as the flowers open which ushers in a period of honey bee madness.

The globe thistle Echinops ritro 'Veitch's Blue' has great architectural strength in the summer garden with clumps of thistle-like leaves and stems holding aloft perfectly spherical heads of blue flowers that will send honey bees into furious rapture. The flower buds are metallic silver opening to bright blue to lavender-blue flowers. The spheres offer a useful flower shape uncommon in the garden world beyond Alliums. The seed heads are also beautiful.

Common Name: Globe Thistle

Family: Asteraceae (The Aster/Daisy Family)

Zone Hardiness: 3-9

Light: Full Sun

Height: 12-24"

Width: 8-12"

Primary Bloom Colour: Blue

Secondary Bloom Colour:

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Late Summer

Soil Moisture: Average, Dry, Drought Tolerant

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No

Berries: No

Benefits: Bees

Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Gravely places on mountain slopes.

Award: AGM

Geogrpahical Origin: Europe and Africa - Europe and Western Russia

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