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PlantFiles: Globe Thistle
Echinops ritro 'Veitch's Blue'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinops (EK-in-ops) (Info)
Species: ritro (RIH-tro) (Info)
Cultivar: Veitch's Blue

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7 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Bazuhi On May 28, 2011, Bazuhi from Downers Grove, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Love it! Yes it's 2011 but my Thistles are growing great and keep gettting bigger and bigger! I have even divided one out last year and gave it to a friend and it did survive! I never see these offered at nurseries but ya gotta have one! These were ordered from Van Dyck's way back in 2002 so you can see how hardy they are!. They are in an island garden with a good amount of sun, when the plant goes into bloom they are just loaded with flowers and fragrance! They get about 4ft tall and what a contrast next to the red Bee Balm they grow next to. A word of caution, you may not want to plant this near any sitting area as the bee's do love this plant and are all over it. I can't say I have ever seen a hummingbird or hummingbird moth hang out but the bee's sure do! Check my photos out from 2010


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lula, Georgia
Downers Grove, Illinois
Andover, Minnesota
Chaska, Minnesota
Duluth, Minnesota
Hampton, Virginia
Seattle, Washington

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