Echinops is a clump-forming, 4-foot tall perennial with golf ball sized blue flower heads with thistle-like foliage. Deep steel blue flower heads (1-2” diameter) bloom at the stem tops in summer. They are much loved by pollinators. My first experience with them was here in Maine, they were already growing in the garden when we purchased this property. I fell in love with them immediately. Not only do they flower beautifully in summer, the flowers dry beautifully after being cut, and dry nicely on the plant providing seeds for songbirds.
Well-drained soil, low fertility
Common Name: globe thistle
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Native Range: Central and eastern Europe to central Asia
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 3.00 to 4.00 feet
Spread: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: July to September
Bloom Description: Blue
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Flower: Showy, Good Cut, Good Dried
Tolerate: Rabbit, Drought, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil
Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates a wide range of soils, including poor, infertile, dry ones, as long as well-drained. Avoid rich soils. This is a taprooted plant that is difficult to divide or transplant.