Echinops bannaticus (Taplow Blue)

Echinops bannaticus (Taplow Blue)


This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.


Position: full sun

Soil: poor, well-drained soil

Rate of growth: average

Flowering period: July to August

Flower colour: bright blue

Other features: excellent cut-flowers

Hardiness: fully hardy

Spherical, bright blue flower-heads up to 5cm (2in) across in July and August and prickly, grey-green leaves. This gorgeous globe thistle is highly attractive to butterflies and bees. An eye-catching, yet undemanding perennial for the back of a herbaceous or mixed border, it's best planted in poor, well-drained soil in full sun.

Garden care: Lift and divide congested colonies in autumn or spring.

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