Hardy perennial with beautifully coloured flower-heads.
Very suitable for borders, since the plants establish themselves firmly and harmonise well with other species. A sunny situation is desirable. Thelend themselves to drying.
Chalky, not too rich, soil; which must be well drained.
By division or from.
Echinops hannaticus: Height over 1 m; blue flowers in late summer and early autumn. ‘Taplow Blue’ is one of the finest garden strains.
Echinops humilis: Height 100-120 cm; smaller, deep-blue flower-heads in late summer and early autumn. The foliage is covered with cobweb-like hairs.
Echinops ritro: Height 50-100 cm; bright steel-blue flower-heads from mid summer to early autumn. The pin- nately dividedare bare on the upper surface.