Echinops Ruthenicus Platinum Blue

Echinops RuthenicusLatin name

Globe Thistle, Globe FlowerCommon name

Multi-branching silver stems with clusters of globe-like mid blue flowers. The silvery green foliage is ornamental enough to make the plant attractive. Wonderful for the back of the perennial border.

How to Grow Echinops from Seed

Echinops or Globe Thistle is a robust, upright, hardy perennial. The flowers, which have a metallic lustre and will attract many bees and butterflies into the garden, may be cut and dried for winter decoration. 

Sow from late winter to late spring or late summer to early autumn, planting the seeds 2.5cm (1in) apart in a peaty mix compost using small pots or deep cell seed-trays and cover lightly. Echinops seedlings need a lot of root room to get started. 

Once the seedlings have developed their first pair of true leaves and are large enough to handle, transplant into individual 3 inch pots. For autumn sown seedlings, pot on and grow for another year before planting outside permanently.

Echinops are best planted in poor, well-drained soil in full sun but will tolerate most soils in full sun and can tolerate partial shade.

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£2.95

Item Code: 1498C

Variety: Platinum Blue

Type: Hardy Perennial

Packet Contains: 25 Seeds

Sow: January - April

Germination: Up to 14 days

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