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botanical name:
Echinops ritro 'Veitch's Blue'
Echinops ritro 'Veitch's Blue' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Globe Thistle
family:  Asteraceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.90m
width: 0.45m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: blue
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -30°C
USDA zone: 4 to 8
description:
Compact clumps with silvery-green stems of stiff, deeply-cut dark green leaves, white and downy underneath. In late summer, indigo-blue buds opening into round heads of deep blue flowers.

cultivation:
Thrives best in well-drained, fairly poor soil, in full sun but will grow in most soils and tolerates part shade. Good drought resistance once established.

usage:
Attractive to bees and butterflies.

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