Botanical Name: Echinops bannaticus Blue Mist
Common Name: Blue Mist Globe Thistle
Category: Hardy Perennial
Seed Count: 15
Echinops bannaticus Blue Mist, Blue Mist Globe Thistle: Hundreds of ‘golf ball’ size, pretty, soft, pale blue spheres are borne on strong, erect stems all through summer. These slowly change to silver-green and are loved by bees and butterfly’s. Excellent to cut and dry for a winter display. The grey green foliage forms a large clump and is a subtle foil for the flowers. Tolerates most soils, even poor soils, must be well drained and in in full sun. Excellent for our Australian conditions and dryer gardens 1.m H x 1m W.
Sow Echinops seeds in good quality seed raising mix at any time. Lightly cover with mix to their own depth. If using a seed tray choose one with a deep cell as the seedlings need a lot of root room. Place in a propagator or cover with a plastic lid in a warm place. We recommend germinating at 15-20 degrees C. keep moist at all times, but do not saturate. Germination in 14 to 30 days. Pot on seedlings to harden off and mature before finally planting out in the garden.