Echinops ritro ‘Veitch's Blue’

Veitch's Blue southern globe thistle

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Outstanding Qualities

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.

Quick Facts

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.