globe thistle ‘Blue Glow’

Echinops bannaticus ‘Blue Glow’ (globe thistle ‘Blue Glow’) brings strong upright structure as well as an intriguing bloom to the dark plate. Echinos is a greek term for hedgehog referring to the flower’s spiked appearance.

Although this is a full sun plant, it is able to thrive in the well drained soils of the dark plate.

Botanical Name Echinops bannaticus ‘Blue Glow’
Common Name globe thistle ‘Blue Glow’
Family Asteraceae
USDA Zone 3 thru 8
Light Requirement Full Sun
Season(s) of interest spring, summer, fall
Height and Spread 2-3ft x 1-2ft (60-90cm x 30-60cm)
Flower Color Dark Blue
Attracts Wildlife Hosts Caterpillars of Butterflies/Moths, Attracts Pollinators, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores
Additional Information Not Native to the US Midwest. E. bannaticus is native to southwestern Romania.
Location in Lurie Garden North Dark Plate

Average Flowering Time