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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones


    An unusual flower for the summer garden, these blue thistle-like blooms add a unique texture. If cut back after blooming, they will send up new flowers. They make excellent dried and cut flowers.

    Latin Name

    Echinops ritro


    Family

    Asteraceae


    Type of Plant

    Perennials

    Bloom Season

    July - September


    Seasons

    Summer

    Specifications

    Max Height: 4'
    Max Spread: 2.5'

    Uses

  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun

    Tollerances

  • Drought
  • Dry Soil
  • Rabbit
  • Shallow-Rocky Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies

    Colors


    Native Range

    Southeastern Europe


    History

    John Custis of Williamsburg received globe [thistle] from his friend Peter Collinson in 1738.


    Other Details

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