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Echinops ritro Metallic Blue

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A wonderful flower that resembles thistles. Blue/purple in colour with magnificent leaves that are blue-green and serrated. Echinops are tall, statuesque plants that are best placed towards the back of a border. There, they will provide height and character to the space, and they will be surrounded by happy bees and other pollinators!

They thrive in well-drained soil that is exposed to direct sunlight.

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 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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Close-up of a bee pollinating Echinops ritro Metallic Blue
Vibrant Echinops ritro Metallic Blue flowers flourishing in a garden
Expansive cultivation of Echinops ritro Metallic Blue in a garden setting
Bee gathering nectar from Echinops ritro Metallic Blue bloom
Echinops ritro Metallic Blue recognized as beneficial for pollinators by RHS
Metallic Blue Globe Thistle with visiting bee
Echinops ritro Metallic Blue awarded RHS Garden Merit
Echinops ritro Metallic Blue

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