BLUE GLOBE FLOWER
Echinops ritro bears rich violet-blue globes, the size of golf balls, all summer.
Silvery blue leaves with a woolly underside also add to their excellent garden value.
The glowing globes are excellent cut for fresh vase flowers or for drying, as they hold their intense violet-blue colour particularly well.
Echinops ritro relishes Full Sun, and is undaunted by heat.
It is a water-wise plant and an excellent choice for gardeners with limited water, or hot and dry climates.
This hardy beauty copes in a wide range of soils, including sandy, gravel and poorer soils.
In fact they do better if they are not overfed.
It is also very frost hardy.
But it does require good drainage, and will become miserable in waterlogged heavy soil.
Echinops ritro is an easy care, low maintenance plant.
Just cut to the whole plant ground in late autumn to tidy up, otherwise it is very self sufficient.
It is rarely if ever troubled by pests or diseases.
And not even rabbits and deer are particularly attracted to it, so it rates high for rabbit and deer resistance.
Echinops ritro is a hardy evergreen perennial clump.
And this cheery perennial will flower in the first year from seed, if you start sowing early.
Flowers 90cm H x 60cm W foliage clump.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Sow at any time of year in punnets indoors / or scatter in garden late winter-early spring.
INDOORS: Sow seeds in punnets on surface of good quality seed raising mix. Then press the seeds gently into the surface of the mix.
Then cover the seeds lightly with mix to a depth the same diameter as the seed.
As light is needed for germination, do not cover too deeply.
Now keep the punnet moist in a warm, well lit position.
A warm window sill or corner is perfect (but not in direct sunlight).
And you can use a temperature controlled heat mat, if you have one.
Temperatures of 20-25°C approx. are best for optimum germination.
Seedlings emerge in approx. 10-21 days.
SEED COUNT: 50 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).