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Name: Echinops/Globe Thistle (Purple)
Quantity: 35 Bulk Seeds
Height: 20 to 60 inches (50 to 150 cm).
Growing Region: Zones 3 to 9.
Flowers: Species dependent: Summer and/or autumn.
Flower Details: purple, blue-grey. Globes.
Foliage: Herbaceous. Spiny. Lobed. Sharp.
Sow Outdoors: Cover seed. Following the last frost. Spacing 24 to 36 inches (60 to 90 cm).
Sow Indoors: Germination time: two weeks to two months. Temperature: 65 to 75°F (18 to 24°C). Three weeks before expected last frost. Transplant outdoors following the last frost.
Requirements and Care: Full sunlight or partial shade. Good drainage. Soil pH 5.5 to 7.0/ Any type of soil. Regular watering during dry periods. Provide support for taller varieties. Cut back to the ground in autumn. Plants last for about three years before losing vigour. Propagate Echinops: in spring by taking root cuttings or by dividing in autumn in warmer areas.
How to grow:
When growing Globe thistle outdoors it is best just to cover the seeds once sown after the last frost of spring. They can be grown in either a sunny or lightly shaded area of the garden, and prefer a soil of pH 5.5 to 7. If you plan to first grow globe thistle as seedlings indoors then they take from two to nine weeks to germinate at a temperature of 18 to 24 degrees Centigrade. Once growing the globe thistle (Echinops) should be transplanted into the garden after the last frost of spring at a spacing of between 60 and 90cm.