Echinops bannaticus ‘Star Frost’ WHITE GLOBE THISTLE –
The thistle like leaves are deep green on the upper side and grey green on the underside. These are held on neat upright stems that form a neat clump. The erect stems are topped with silvery white spheres about the size of golf balls. The flowers are excellent for fresh cutting or drying. This perennial will flower in the first year. Cut to the ground in late autumn. Divide every 2 to 3 years. Enjoys full sun to light shade in well drained soil. Not fussy on soil type and is very frost and dry hardy. 90cn x 75cm.
Sow Echinops seeds in good quality compost or seed raising mix at any time. Lightly cover with compost 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.