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Small Globe Thistle Botanical Name: Echinops ritro Form: Herbaceous perennial Sun Exposure: Partial Shade/Full Sun Height/Habit: 30" - 36", stately and sturdy Spread: 20" - 24" Spacing: 20" - 24" Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8 (-40 degrees F) Foliage Type: Thistle-like, 6" - 8" long leaves with distinctive teeth/spines and deeply dissected, wavy margins. Steely blue in color. Flower Form: Large 1 1/2" - 2" globes born on grey stems. Flower Color: Dark blue purple. Flowering Date: Mid to late summer. Planting Requirements: Set at the same level it is at in the container. Firm and water thoroughly. Soil Requirements: Well drained. Once established it is tolerant of a wide range of soils, except wet ones. Growth Rate: Moderate. Unique Characteristics: Considered the best of the Globe Thistles. The dark steely blue, weather resistant flowers last a long time and are produced 4 - 8 on each branched stem. The flower heads provide good color before the actual flowers open, thereby prolonging the season. They bring a stately look to a border and are handsomely accented by the striking foliage. Even when the flowers are finished the leaves provide an attractive display. In areas with cooler night temperatures the flowers are a deeper blue. Pruning: Cut back spent flower stems. Time of Pruning: After flowering Shipping: View Shipping Schedule This Item Ships In Both Spring And Fall Restricted States: AE AK GU HI PR
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