Echinops Sphaerocephalus Seeds (Great Globe-Thistle, Pale Globe-Thistle Seeds)

Echinops Sphaerocephalus Seeds (Great Globe-Thistle, Pale Globe-Thistle Seeds)

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Great globe-thistle’s fruits are hairy cylindrical achenes about 7 to 8 mm long. They ripen from September through October...

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Echinops Sphaerocephalus, also known as glandular globe-thistle, pale globe-thistle or great globe-thistle is a hardy perennial native to Eurasia. It has also been introduced to North America and you can find great globe-thistle in the mountains of southern France and southern and central Europe. The plant grows up to 150 cm high. The name of the species means “hedgehog-like” because of the spiny round heads of flowers. Echinops Sphaerocephalus has whitish-blue flowers that are divided almost to the base into 5 lobes. The plant flowers from June until September. Great globe-thistle’s fruits are hairy cylindrical achenes about 7 to 8 mm long. They ripen from September through October. Echinops Sphaerocephalus has hairy, pointed green leaves. They are sticky and grey-green above and white woolly below. The plant enjoys most soil conditions but requires a well drained soil. It prefers full sun or semi-shade. Echinops Sphaerocephalus is frost hardy. Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Label No
Common name Globe-Thistle
Family Asteraceae
Genus Echinops
Species Echinops sphaerocephalus
Cultivar No
Therapeutic uses No
Germination Sow from late winter to spring in a good seed compost just covering the seed with compost and gently firm down compost and seal inside a polythene bag after sowing. Germination usually takes 10-20 days at 20-25C (70-75F).
When the seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant and grow on in cooler conditions.
Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 10-15 days before planting out, after all risk of frost, 60cm (24in) apart in a sunny spot on light well drained soil.
Scarification / Stratification No

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