Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Blue Glow

The side yard at Garden on Sherlock Street is home to Echinops banaticus 'Blue Glow' Globe Thistle. Each summer it makes these pretty blue globes. It is a very drought tolerant plant. Other than rain, it has gotten no water this year.

I let it do its thing leaving it stand through winter.  Next March, the dead stalk will be cut off and it'll sprout again.


  1. I'm not a thistle fan -- having lived in a suburb where the houses were built on pasture -- we battled real thistles . . . and I know these are different but all I can think of is those from back in my childhood!

    Lovely color and I do like blue in the garden, however!

  2. Gotta love that plants that are not demanding of your attention!

  3. It is awesome! Something I've tried unsuccessfully to grow but I haven't given up yet.

  4. I have globe thistle too but mine is probably the species and not a named cultivar. It doesn't hold that pretty blue color very long. Still, I like it. It's carefree and pestfree and looks a little unusual.

  5. Now THAT'S my kind of plant! (And blue is one of my favorite colors in flowers.)

  6. I do like the color. It looks like it would hurt, though. Is it softer then it looks?

  7. Very pretty. Does it make seed heads for the birds?

    PS: Thanks for visiting my blog!

  8. I have one of those in the garden too and like yours it looks after itself.

  9. I think these are such cool flowers. They are hard to find around here, but I'd love to try them sometime. Are they prickly?

  10. ~Martha
    I understand the thistle aversion. Being a farmer/rancher's daughter, I'm very familiar with "chopping thistles" in the pastures. But, I gave this one a chance. It has character.

    They help balance the needy ones.

    They need a lot of sun. I hope you can find a place for one.

    The unusual look is what I liked and the globes.

    It's easy. Go for it.

    It's kind of prickly. Not spiny with thorns, but there are some sharp "needles" under the leaves. The globes are pointy until the little blooms open. Then, they're softer. Not a plant to put next to the front walkway. Plant it away from the path.

    I think you'd have good luck with one.

    Yes. The birds eat the seeds when they're ready but they must have missed one because I have a small globe thistle sprouting on the other side of the pampas grass that this one is beside.

    Easy, aren't they?

    AS I told Turling, they're not a plant you'll be wanting to touch. Prickly is a good word for it.


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