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ECHINOPS ritro 'Veitch's Blue'

Image of Echinops ritro 'Veitch's Blue'

James H. Schutte

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ECHINOPS ritro 'Veitch's Blue'

Plant Common Name

Smaller Globe Thistle

Special Notice

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General Description

Prickly, thistle-like foliages is a deep green with silvery undersides is one pretty aspect of the Veitch's Blue small globe thistle, but the showstopper is the rounded deep blue flower clusters in late summer. A upright, clump-forming perennial, it hails from southeastern Europe eastward into central Asia.

The dark green leaves are coarsely lobed, looking like leaves of a thistle or pointy-leaf oak. There are white fibers on the leaf edges at times and the undersides are a downy white-gray. In late summer stems are topped with a globe-like cluster of tiny dark blue flowers, attracting bees and butterflies. The spent flowers turn tan, creating an architectural white, tan and dark brown globe. Seeds are shed and will germinate nearby.

Grow 'Veitch's Blue' in full sun to partial shade in nearly any average garden soil that does not become wet. The blue flower balls make pretty cutflowers, as does the foliage; dried flower balls are usable in dried arrangements. Use it as a lovely textural accent in the mixed flower border or cutting garden. It is a conversation-grabbing plant when it flowers in summer and again in autumn.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    26"-36" / 66.0cm - 91.4cm

  • Width

    20"-26" / 50.8cm - 66.0cm

  • Native To

    Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Evergreen

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes