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Globe Thistle Seeds

Echinops bannaticus

How to plant Globe Thistle seeds

Blue Glow globe thistle brilliant blue flowers. PR00873

BLUE GLOW Globe Thistle

Blue Glow globe thistle is a dramatic, 3-4 foot tall perennial. Plants produce many, 2-inch, intense-blue blooms in perfectly-round heads. The gray-green leaves are prickly, and deeply cut. Blue Glow globe thistle flowers over a long July to September season. Blooms attract butterflies, are superb in fresh or dried flower arrangements. Winter hardy to zone 3.

20 seeds - $2.99
Star Frost globe thistle silvery-white flowers. New for 2016 PR16120

STAR FROST Globe Thistle

When in bloom, Star Frost globe thistle creates a mini-constellation of moonlight-white, spiky spheres. Thistle-like, deep-green leaves are silver-green underneath. Plants are slightly more compact than Blue Glow; Star Frost reaches 40-inches tall in flower. Butterflies and bees delight in globe thistle nectar. Blooms first year when started early. Winter hardy to zone 3.

15 seeds - $3.49

How to Plant Globe Thistle Seeds

Sow globe thistle seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil, do not cover. Light aids germination. Kept at 65-70° F., germination is in 14-21 days. Can direct sow globe thistle into prepared seed beds in groups of 4 seeds, spaced 2 feet apart. Thin to the strongest plant.

Growing globe thistle: Full sun. Plants thrive in poor, alkaline soil, adapt well to average soil. Drought tolerant once established, more flowers with moderate water. Globe thistle is fast growing, long-lived (10 years or more), and not invasive. Plants are deer and rabbit resistant. Flowers attract bees, birds, and butterflies.