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Globe Thistle

Echinops ritro. Deer-resistant, easy to grow and drought resistant once established, Globe Thistle is invaluable in natural gardenscapes and in both fresh and dried bouquets. Dead-head to prevent self-sowing. Direct sow after the last spring frost date. Bee friendly. Perennial. Summer flowering. Height: 48".

Average Seed Life: 1 to 2 years.

Globe Thistle

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The Globe Thistle is a striking, 48"-tall, back-of-the-border plant with bold, spiky, 2" globes that open steel-blue and mature to bright blue. HZ: 3-9.

One packet of about 100 seeds
Catalog #7570
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Availability: In stock


Gardening Tips

Globe Thistle Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
Seed Spacing:2”-3”
Plant Spacing:12”-15”
Days to Germination:10-14 days
Germination Temperature:70°-75°F

Echinops ritro. Easily grown, the Globe Thistle should be direct-sown outside from early spring up to 2 months before the first fall frost date. Prepare a bed in full to partial sunlight with rich, extremely well-draining soil. Sow seeds on top of the soil, barely covering seeds but pressing firmly onto the soil surface, as light aids germination. Globe Thistle may also be started indoors 8 weeks before transplanting out after the threat of spring frost has passed. Provide even moisture, strong light and air circulation. Harden off the seedlings by gradually acclimating them outside for a week to 10 days before transplanting out. Transplants should be watered regularly to help establish a mature root system. Once established, it is drought tolerant. A wonderful border plant, Globe Thistle can be used in both fresh and dried arrangements. Summer flowering. Height: 48".

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