Globe Thistle 'Blue Glow'

Echinops bannaticus

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinops (EK-in-ops) (Info)
Species: bannaticus (ban-AT-ee-kus) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Glow



Foliage Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Light Blue

Medium Blue

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall


Grown for foliage

This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

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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; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Aurora, Colorado

Worcester, Massachusetts

Plainwell, Michigan

Florence, Mississippi

Enid, Oklahoma

Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 10, 2009, diawoods from Aurora, CO wrote:

I have been very pleased with this plant in its second year in the Denver area. The flowers were a nice blue and this was one of the longest blooming plants in my garden. It takes no care--you don't even have to deadhead them as the flowers don't die. The plants get a nice size. The foliage is okay--I like the texture and contrast-- but you may want to plant a shorter plant in front to hide it.