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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
blue hedgehog globe flower
small globe thistle steel globe thistle
Echinops ritro 'Veitch's Blue' misapplied
Echinops can be annuals, biennials or perennials with simple or pinnately lobed, spiny leaves and spherical blue or whitish flower-heads
E. ritro is a robust, upright herbaceous perennial, with jaggedy-divided, prickly dark green leaves whitish beneath. Rounded, violet-blue flower heads on silvery, branched, leafy stems
C&E Europe to C Asia
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or East-facing or West-facing
SoilSand, Loam, Chalk
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Best in poor, well-drained soil in full sun but will tolerate most soils in full sun and can tolerate partial shade
Propagate by seed sown in seed bed in mid spring. Propagate by division in spring or autumn. Propagate by root cuttings in winter
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds Cut Flowers Low Maintenance
Cottage & Informal Garden Wildlife Gardens Gravel Garden Coastal
Pruning Deadhead to prevent self-seeding
Pests Prone to aphids
Generally disease free
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