Echinops banaticus Blue Glow

Blue Glow Globe Thistle

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).
Zones3 - 8
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Easy to Grow
Low Maintenance
Cut Flowers
Dried Flowers
Adds Texture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
30 to 40" (with care)
Mature Plant Size48" tall 18" wide
Bloom TimeMid to late summer
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SizePlant - 5" Pot

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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48" tall x 18" wide (seed propagated). Blue Glow is a garden workhorse 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.
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Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Pot
Common Name
Blue Glow Globe Thistle
Botanical Name
Echinops banaticus Blue Glow
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
48 inches
Mature Height
48" tall
Mature Spread
18" wide
Bloom Time
Mid - Late Summer
Bloom Time
Mid to late summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount Of Rain
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Easy to Grow, Low Maintenance, Cut Flowers, Dried Flowers, Adds Texture
Ideal Region
Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Hot Desert, Pacific Northwest, Suitable Above 7000 ft
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Ships To Canada
Planting Guides

Growing Echinops (Globe Thistle) & Eryngium (Sea Holly)
Echinops (Globe Thistle) & Eryngium (Sea Holly) are very showy, Old World perennials grown for their attractive foliage and uniquely-shaped summer-blooming flowers. They are rich in nectar for feeding butterflies and bees of all types. Resistant to browsing rabbits and deer.

Preferred growing conditions:

  • Echinops and Eryngium grow well in most any type of soil including clay that doesn't sit wet.
  • Mulch with common mulching materials.
  • They are xeric (waterwise) and once established by the end of the second growing season do well with infrequent deep watering.
  • Plant in full sun.
  • Just a few handfuls of compost and Yum Yum Mix in the planting hole is enough. These plants don't like rich, compost-enhanced soils.
  • Special comments:

    • Deadheading will prolong bloom. Echinops will re-seed themselves so leave some seed heads on the plants.
    • Echinops plants are somewhat short-lived and should be replaced every three to four years or as they lose vigor.
    • Eryngium is longer lived when grown hard (not too much water and only a little fall fertilizer).

    Garden Care

    • Fertilize in the fall with Yum Yum Mix and good quality compost.
    • Leave plants standing and cut back hard in mid-spring. The large seeds are eagerly sought out by seed-eating songbirds.
    • Echinops can be divided in mid-spring. Eryngium is a tap rooted plant and does not like to be disturbed or moved.

    View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
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