Echinops 'Veitch's Blue'
Echinops 'Veitch's Blue'
Echinops 'Veitch's Blue'
Echinops 'Veitch's Blue'
Echinops 'Veitch's Blue'
Echinops 'Veitch's Blue'
Echinops 'Veitch's Blue'
Echinops 'Veitch's Blue'
Echinops 'Veitch's Blue'
Echinops 'Veitch's Blue'
Echinops 'Veitch's Blue'
Echinops 'Veitch's Blue'
Echinops 'Veitch's Blue'

Echinops 'Veitch's Blue'

"Globe thistle"

Echinops 'Veitch's Blue'

1 bare root — £2.98

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Description

Bring in the bees and butterflies with pollinator magnet Echinops 'Veitch's Blue'. This globe thistle is a must-have for wildlife gardens—the ball-like blooms not only look fantastic but put on a nectar feast for bees and butterflies. Steely-blue, starry blooms cover the flowerheads which are heralded at the top of every silvery, upright stem. This structural plant brings months of interest, even after flowering. Plant your Echinops 'Veitch's Blue' bare roots in borders and enjoy the flower colour in summer, then watch as they slowly fade to silver-grey, which is how they remain as a frosty-looking feature through autumn and winter.   

If you’re into creating indoor arrangements with home-grown flowers, Echinops 'Veitch's Blue' will provide plenty of cutting material—both when in bloom and after the season has passed and the flowers have dried. Low-maintenance globe thistles are heat and drought tolerant, the spiny, grey-green foliage with felted white undersides reduces water loss. Partner Echinops ritro 'Veitch's Blue' with tall grasses, perovskia, salvias and other silver-leaved plants to create a drought resistant Mediterranean-style planting scheme. They thrive in most conditions but are particularly useful in coastal areas where soils are typically sandy and light. 

Echinops is derived from the Greek words ekhinos (hedgehog) and opisis (head), which refers to the flowers looking a bit like hedgehogs.

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Comes back every year

  • Fragrant

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • In peat-free compost

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Drought tolerant

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

  • Slug & snail repellent

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Echinops ritro 'Veitch's Blue'

  • Flower colour

    Blue

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    90cm-1.2m

  • Established spread

    50-70cm

  • Plant spacing

    9 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green, blue

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun

  • Position

    Sheltered
    Exposed

  • Suitable for

    Borders
    Coastal gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Cut flower gardens
    Pots
    Large containers

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining
    Dry

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Clay
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • RHS Award (AGM)

    Yes

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    Yes

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Echinops 'Veitch's Blue' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "Globe thistle" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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