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Echinops ritro Veitch's Blue

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The most exquisitely gorgeous globe thistle there ever was. Despite its prickly appearance and silvery blue colour, it attracts a large number of bees and butterflies.
It is enchanting whether it is growing in the garden or being shown in a vase, and it also makes a magnificent dried flower.
Because Echinops is a perennial plant, you might receive a few blossoms during the first year, but you might have to wait until the next year before they get going and also start to self-seed like crazy.

Seed Quantity 50 Seeds

Type Perennial

Genus Echinops ritro

Sow Seeds Sow indoors March-May onto seed compost and cover only very lightly.  Keep damp whilst germinating.  

Plant Out Harden off before planting out after all frosts have passed.  Likes full sun and well-drained soil.  Can be direct sown from late April-early May

Flowers August onwards 

Height & Spread 1.2m high x 30-60cm spread

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RHS Award of Garden Merit.

This plant/cultivar has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit because it has proved to be reliable in appropriate conditions and a good performing plant. For more information on the RHS Award of Garden Merit plants visit

RHS Plants for Pollinators.

The RHS Plants for Pollinators mark is only given to plants that support pollinating insects.

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