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Taplow Blue Globe Thistle

Echinops bannaticus 'Taplow Blue'

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Taplow Blue Globe Thistle (Echinops bannaticus 'Taplow Blue') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Echinops bannaticus 'Taplow Blue' flowers

Echinops bannaticus 'Taplow Blue' flowers

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Plant Height:  24 inches

Flower Height:  3 feet

Spread:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Blue Globe Thistle

Description:

Striking globe-shaped steel-blue flowers steal the show when in bloom; may need staking; not an invasive type of thistle, good for attracting pollinators; do not over-fertilize; soil must be well-drained

Ornamental Features

Taplow Blue Globe Thistle features bold steel blue pincushion flowers at the ends of the stems from mid summer to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive spiny lobed leaves remain silvery blue in color with curious silver undersides throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Taplow Blue Globe Thistle is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Taplow Blue Globe Thistle is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Taplow Blue Globe Thistle will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. The flower stalks can be weak and so it may require staking in exposed sites or excessively rich soils. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for poor, alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features