Bees and butterflies adore Echinops. They are so undemanding that you will too. Equally fabulous in the garden or in a vase as a fresh or dried cut flower, their impressive profile brings intriguing definition to surrounding softer forms. Thriving in well-drained soil, even if it’s poor or sandy, the Globe Thistle is a sensational perennial worth making room for.
Entrancing gardeners, florists and honey bees, ‘Platinum Blue’ presents an architectural spectacle of imposing steel-blue blossoms bolstered by fuzzy, branching, stiff white stems. The cut-flower-perfect spheres are packed with petite starry blooms above deeply-divided grayish green foliage with marble-hued flip sides. This handsome perennial can lodge in a border amid Phlox ‘David’s Lavender’ and Monarda ‘Purple Rooster’, where its nervy bent tolerates poor soil, coastal conditions and periodic dry spells.
Blooms July–early September
Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 15" – 18" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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