Botanical Name: Echinops ritro Violet
Common Name: Violet Globe Thistle
Category: Hardy Perennial
Seed Count: 30
Echinops ritro Violet – A hardy perennial with oblong silvery blue leaves with a woolly underside. These are held on neat upright stems forming a neat clump. The erect stems are topped with violet blue spheres the size of golf balls during summer autumn. The flowers are excellent for fresh cutting or drying and hold their violet colour particularly well. 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 60cm H x 50cm W.
Sow Echinops ritro violet 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