Echinops banaticus Blue Glow

Blue Glow Globe Thistle

 

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Blue Glow is an Old World wildflower that blooms in mid-summer. The deep blue globe-like flowers are held high above the attactive thistle-like foliage. One of the very best flowers for attracting bees and butterflies to your garden. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 3 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
High Impact - Low Maintenance
Adds Texture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Shipping Shipping begins in late February based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. Learn More…
Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 47000

Details

48" tall x 18" wide (seed propagated). Blue Glow is a garden work horse thriving in many different climates and in just about any soil. This perennial has deep green, thistle-like foliage and flowers reliably in mid-summer with numerous intensely blue, globe-shaped flowers. Combine it with various beardtongue and yarrows to provide and interesting contrast of flower color and shape.
SKU 47000
Common Name Blue Glow Globe Thistle
Botanical Name Echinops banaticus Blue Glow
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Blue
Mature Height 48" tall
Mature Spread 18" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, High Impact - Low Maintenance, Adds Texture
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Suitable Above 7000 ft, Hot Desert
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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High Country GardensEchinops banaticus Blue Glow
 
3.6

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Hardy (6)
  • Attractive (5)
  • Healthy (5)
  • Accurate instructions (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (5)
  • Outdoors (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Master gardener (5), Avid gardener (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Blue-tiful!!

This is the third season with our Blue Glow. They survived free-range layers, but some of our other HCG perennials couldn't handle the cluckers. Could it be that Blue Glow is chicken-resistant? Ours...Read complete review

This is the third season with our Blue Glow. They survived free-range layers, but some of our other HCG perennials couldn't handle the cluckers. Could it be that Blue Glow is chicken-resistant? Ours are peaking mid-late August at 4500 ft, zone 4. 10-20" rainfall. Spreading nicely, and do look good next to the surviving Yarrow (which are not chicken-hardy).

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

All made a rosette but none of them bloomed

None of them bloomed!! Just greenery.

None of them bloomed!! Just greenery.

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4.0

great so far

By 

from upstate NY

About Me Getting Started

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Pests & Disease

Best Uses

  • Garden
  • Lawn
  • Outdoors

Comments about High Country Gardens Echinops banaticus Blue Glow:

We ordered 14 of them. Six died and need to be replaced, but the rest are growing quite large and are very healthy. I don't know why some died and some lived. They do wilt in strong summer sun, so we have to make sure they don't get too thirsty when it's very hot and humid outside. We are exited to see the thistles turn purple/blue hopefully soon in late August/early September. Look great with the other plants.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this unique flower

By 

from Salt Lake City, Utah

About Me Avid Gardener

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about High Country Gardens Echinops banaticus Blue Glow:

      I planted this with Jupiter's Beard and Cafe au lait Dahlias. The color combination is excellent. The plant bloomed the first year, second year even more. The bees love this plant. The only problem is it spreads easily.

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      4.0

      Too early to tell

      By 

      from Centennial, CO

      About Me Master Gardener

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Hardy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • Outdoors

        Comments about High Country Gardens Echinops banaticus Blue Glow:

        I just planted this last year, so it is too early to tell about performance, but most of my HCG plants thrive and do well. This is planted in a xeric bed.

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        4.0

        Too early to tell

        By 

        from Centennial, CO

        About Me Master Gardener

        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garden
          • Outdoors

          Comments about High Country Gardens Echinops banaticus Blue Glow:

          In a xeric bed. Just planted this last fall so it is too early for me to tell about performance, but overall I am very happy with all the HCG plants I have purchased in the past.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love the blue globes!

          By 

          from Port Huron, MI

          About Me Master Gardener

          Pros

          • Attractive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden

            Comments about High Country Gardens Echinops banaticus Blue Glow:

            Couldn't find locally for years. When I saw on your website decided to order it. I ordered late in the season but it bloomed anyway in September and still had a bloom at first frost in November. Looks great in a garden of yellows, reds and oranges.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            All made a rosette but none of them bloomed

            By 

            from Columbus NE

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Echinops banaticus Blue Glow:

            None of them bloomed!! Just greenery.

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            • Personal

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            didn't bloom yet

            By 

            from wyoming

            About Me Master Gardener

            Pros

            • Hardy
            • Healthy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Outdoors

              Comments about High Country Gardens Echinops banaticus Blue Glow:

              plants were healthy but didn't bloom. I had one plant from the previous year that did bloom so I have hope for next year.

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              • Personal

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Blue-tiful!!

              By 

              from Pray, Montana

              About Me Getting Started

              Pros

              • Attractive
              • Hardy
              • Healthy
              • Unique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Outdoors

                Comments about High Country Gardens Echinops banaticus Blue Glow:

                This is the third season with our Blue Glow. They survived free-range layers, but some of our other HCG perennials couldn't handle the cluckers. Could it be that Blue Glow is chicken-resistant? Ours are peaking mid-late August at 4500 ft, zone 4. 10-20" rainfall. Spreading nicely, and do look good next to the surviving Yarrow (which are not chicken-hardy).

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Died immediately

                By 

                from Tucson, AZ

                About Me Avid Gardener

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Difficult To Use

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about High Country Gardens Echinops banaticus Blue Glow:

                    It was in sandy, well draining soil. Died immediately, for no reason I can figure.

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                    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Died quickly. Reason unknown.

                    By 

                    from Amarillo, TX

                    About Me Master Gardener

                    Comments about High Country Gardens Echinops banaticus Blue Glow:

                    Died quickly. Reason unknown.

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                    • Personal

                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Love These Unique Flowers

                    By 

                    from Parker, CO

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                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive
                    • Hardy
                    • Healthy
                    • Unique

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Garden

                      Comments about High Country Gardens Echinops banaticus Blue Glow:

                      I love how unique these flowers are. They seem to be hardy too. I planted them last fall and they survived a pretty tough winter. They attract bumble bees.

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                      USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                      To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                      • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                      • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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