Common name: Globe thistle
Echinops belongs to the daisy family compositae and grow wild in Southern Europe.
This is an ideal plant choice for large borders or a wild naturalised garden, providing it is well drained.
One must keep in mind that these plants, subject to variety and under ideal conditions, can grow to around 3 metres (10ft) high.
Echinops Flower heads
E. ritro, will grow to 2 metres (7ft),
E. Gmelinii, E. Sphaerocephalus - 900-1200mm (3-4ft)
E. Bannaticus - 600-900mm (2-3ft) high.
The round thistle-like, mid-blue flowers attract bees and butteflies and can appear several times during the season.
The flowers are ideal for cut flowers or drying for winter decoration.
Sow seed in trays of seed compost and germinate at a temperature of 18°-20°C (64°-68°F)
Germination should take about 2-3 weeks.
Prick out when large enough to handle into 70mm (3”) pots and grow on at 10°-16°C (50°-60°F) until planting out time.
Plant out 600mm (24") apart in full sun and in any well-drained soil that has had liberal amounts of manure/compost dug in to it.
Plants can be divided between now and April.
Take root cuttings by setting them in trays of a 50-50 mix of compost and sharp sand, and over-winter in a cold frame.