Echinops Taplow Blue
Echinops Taplow Blue
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Echinops Taplow Blue

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The textured, spiny stalks of Echinops bannaticus Taplow Blue support the most delightful spherical flower heads well above the hairy, silvery foliage. These perfectly regular thistle heads are striking, hovering over the herbaceous border and attracting  a mass of native pollinators to your garden since they are nectar rich.

This quintessential cottage garden flower hails from Banat (hence Bannaticus), in Southwest Romania. The name Echinops derives from the Greek word for hedgehog (also used for Echinacea) for the same charmingly prickly reason. Wonderful for arrangements and even better for the bees!


From July to August the wonderful thistle-like flowers appear. They can be left to create lovely silhouettes in the frosty winter garden or cut for flower arrangements or drying.

  • Well drained, poor soil
  • All aspects
  • Full sun

The foliage will die down in the autumn. Cut any surviving stalks as the leaves reappear in spring.