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Echinops ritro

Echinops ritro

Echinops ritro - A Striking and Architectural Perennial Echinops ritro, commonly known as Globe Thistle, is a striking and architectural perennial that adds unique texture and form to any garden. Known for its steel-blue, spherical flower heads, this plant is perfect for borders, wildlife gardens, and dried flower arrangements. Echinops ritro brings both beauty and structural interest to various garden settings. The standout feature of Echinops ritro is its distinctive globe-shaped flower heads. Blooming in summer, these steel-blue flowers create a stunning display that contrasts beautifully with the spiny, grey-green foliage. The flowers are not only visually appealing but also attract a variety of pollinators, including bees and butterflies, enhancing the ecological health of your garden. The architectural form of Echinops ritro makes it an excellent choice for adding height and texture to garden beds and borders. Caring for Echinops ritro is straightforward, making it suitable for gardeners of all experience levels. Plant Globe Thistle in well-drained, moderately fertile soil and ensure it receives plenty of sunlight, as it thrives best in full sun. This hardy perennial is drought-tolerant once established and requires minimal watering. To encourage continuous blooming and maintain a tidy appearance, deadhead spent flowers. In late autumn, cut back the stems to ground level to prepare the plant for winter. With its low maintenance needs and striking flower heads, Echinops ritro is a wonderful addition to any garden, providing unique architectural interest and attracting beneficial pollinators throughout the summer. Common Name: Globe ThistleLatin Name: Echinops ritroSoil: Well-drained, moderately fertile soilPosition: Full sunFlowering Period/Colour: Summer; steel-blue, spherical flower headsHardiness: Hardy perennialEventual Height/Spread: 60-90 cm height; 45-60 cm spreadSpecial Feature: Architectural flower heads; excellent for borders, wildlife gardens, and dried arrangements

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