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Echinops ritro /Globe Thistle

Echinops ritro   / Echinops ritro
Flowers a silver-blue when first open and become more blue as they mature
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Flowers a silver-blue when first open and become more blue as they mature

Mature inflorescence hold many open flowers

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Scientific Name: Echinops ritro
Common Name: Globe Thistle
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Summer, Fall
Flower color: Blue
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Landscape Categories: Plants for Xeriscapes
Comments: Has silver-gray, rigid, thistle-like foliage on plants that can tolerate moderate droghts when established. Blue flowers in late summer and early fall attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Flowers are used as cut subjects and for drying.