Echinops bannaticus ‘The Giant’
GIANT GLOBE FLOWER
Echinops bannaticus ‘The Giant’ produces flocks of large tennis ball sized, silvery heads through summer.
Then the large globes slowly change attractively from silver to pale blue, so they glisten on the plant.
The globes of Echinops bannaticus ‘The Giant’are just adored by bees and butterfly’s because they are full of sweet nectar. Plus the blooms are excellent to cut fresh and display in a vase, or hang and dry for a winter display.
This lovely plant was only recently discovered in the wild, so it is still rarely available, but hardy and easy to grow.
And this incredibly tall plant, is perfect for a big display at the back of the border.
Echinops bannaticus ‘The Giant’ tolerates most soils, even poorer less fertile, sandy or gravel soil. It only requires to be planted in a position that receives plenty of sun, and has well drained soil.
1.5 -2m High in bloom x 1m Wide clump of foliage..\
SEED SOWING ADVICE:
Sow Echinops bannaticus ‘The Giant’ 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.
SEED COUNT: 10 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).