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E. bannaticus is a clump-forming perennial with upright, grey, woolly stems and spiny, hairy, grey-green divided leaves. Spherical blue-grey to blue flowerheads, up to 5cm across, are produced in mid- and late summer
'Arctic Glow' is a vigorous perennial with sturdy stems to 1m tall, with spiny, deeply divided leaves and globose white flower-heads borne in mid and late summer
E. ritro subsp. ruthenicus is an erect herbaceous perennial to 1m tall, with glossy, lobed, thistle-like leaves white beneath, and globose, bright blue flower-heads on long, white stems in late summer
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Echinops leaf miner is a small fly which develops as larvae that feed within the foliage of wild and cultivated globe thistle ( Echinops ) plants...Echinops leaf miner has at least two generations during the summer
Plants are chosen to suit the northern climate including herbaceous plants such as Phlox , Echinops , Hosta , Astilbe and Aster which are teamed with annuals and bulbs
Even after the first frosts and throughout winter the supports still work, especially if you wish to keep stems and seed heads such as Echinops or Eupatorium for winter interest
These include Acanthus , Anemone hupehensis , A . x hybrida , Echinops , Papaver orientale (oriental poppy), Phlox , Primula denticulata and Verbascum...
Echinops : Height and spread variable according to cultivar
In July and August Echinops ritro subsp. ruthenicus has bright, steely blue, spiny flower heads on upright stems above thistle-like foliage with protective spines
Echinops (globe thistle) P: blue flowers
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