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Echinops ritro

Echinops ritro


Echinops ritro is the most widely grown species, magnificent steely blue flowers in summer on a tall growing plant. It does make an interesting feature in the garden, and grows well in poor soil. One of the really strong blue flowers.

The name is a little debatable with Echinop bannacticus being the species, so maybe it should be Echinop bannacticus 'ritro'. They are also called 'Globe Thistles'

With its strong upright habit Echinops ritro is useful planted in the border in a small clump. Plants will reach around 4ft in height, the temptation is to plant it a little toward the rear of the garden. For some reason people like to touch this prickly customer, so plant it where they can reach it, tell them its prickly and let them decide.

The flowers are wonderful as cut flowers, lasting well indoors, they are very attractive to bees, which is good thing in any garden.


  • Echinop bannacticus 'Taplow blue'
  • Echinop bannacticus 'Veitches Blue
  • Echinop bannacticus 'Taplow purple'


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