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Echinops ‘Taplow Blue’
(Globe Thistle)


Great for wildlife
July - August
180cm x 60cm
Partial Shade, Sun
Drought Tolerant
Fully Hardy

Echinops ‘Taplow Blue’, also known as the Globe Thistle, is a unique perennial with its striking deep blue spherical flower heads, they stand out among other flowering plants. The flowers, which resemble spiky globes, are surrounded by spiny silvery-grey foliage, creating a stunning contrast. Its long-lasting blooms and architectural presence make it a favoured choice for adding texture and visual interest to gardens and flower arrangements alike.


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Echinops have silver foliage that can feel quite prickly and produce long flower stems with glorious globe shaped thistles on top. They are fantastic at the back of a border, adding height and theatre! They look equally as good in a traditional cottage garden as they do in a really modern urban garden. This plant is not only visually appealing but also attracts butterflies and bees, making it a great addition to pollinator gardens.  

Planting Conditions

Echinops Taplow Blue is a low-maintenance plant that thrives in full sun and well-drained soil, often poor soil. This makes it suitable for various gardening conditions

Watering & Feeding

They are fairly drought tolerant. Water after planting until the plant is established and then water regularly but lightly.

General Care

Make sure to remove flower stems when they look tired and before they set seed and you will encourage a second crop of flowers.