From the Sarah Raven's Brilliant for Bees & Butterflies range.
Wait 'till the sun comes out and sit and watch these silvery-blue globe flowers.
You may have three or four bumblebees feasting on their nectar at any one time. With their architectural foliage and bold, tall flowering drumstick stems, they're one of my favourite garden perennials.
They also make a very long vase life cut flower.
Genus - Echinops
Species - Ritro
Variety - Blue globe
Common name - Globe Thistle
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 9
Height - 1,20 m
Spread - 0,60 m
Plant type - Perennial flower
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Clay, loam, sand, well drained
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Cutflower, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Mixed Border
Bloom season - Summer
Leaf / Flower color - Grey green / Silvery - Blue
Sow from March to June in trays of seed compost. Cover with a fine layer of compost. Firm gently and keep moist.
They need some light to germinate. Keep at approx. +15-+20C.
Plant out when the frosts have gone and space to two feet apart.
OUTDOORS till the middle of July:
Find a bed which gets lots of sun and has light free draining soil (not clay).
Press the seeds firmly into the ground and lightly cover. Keep the area weed free and lightly watered.
Seeds should germinate in about two weeks.
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