Commonly known as globe thistles, echinops produce bristly rounded flowers and spiky leaves on slender stems. Perfect for the middle or back of the border, these magnets for pollinating insects will bring architectural elegance and interest to the garden. Try mixing with echinaceas, grasses or lime green foliage plants such as euphorbias. Echinops are excellent for cutting and drying — when using for drying, keep in mind that the flowers should be cut before they fully open.
Plant in well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade — echinops will also grow in poor soils. Dead-head regularly to prevent self-seeding.
Echinops are supplied in 9 cm pots. Always unpack on arrival and store in a cool place until ready to plant.
Potential problems, pests and diseases:
Generally, echinops do not suffer from any serious diseases. However, they may be affected by aphids. These sap-eating insects can weaken plants and spread viruses. Whenever possible, pick off by hand using gloves.