Echinops ritro ‘Veitch's Blue’
Veitch's Blue southern globe thistle
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The spherical flowers of saturated indigo on this cultivar of southern globe thistle tend to be more infused with blue than the typical species along with being slightly shorter in stature and flowering more abundantly. Veitch's Blue is a herbaceous perennial and forms a tidy clump of bold and deeply-dissected basal leaves of a gray-green hue. This pollinator's paradise is at its peak in mid-summer.
Plant Type: perennial
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 3 ft. 6 in. (1.07 meters)
Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 6 in. (0.76 meters)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 8
Flower Color: blue
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun
Water Requirements: drought tolerant or occasional watering
Seasonal Interest: bold foliage topped with 2-inch orbs of indigo-blue flowers in summer
Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies
- Culture Notes
- Plant globe thistle in full sun and soil that is very well draining; infertile, sandy, or dry soils are best. Drought tolerant once established or water occasionally.