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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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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.
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(based on 17 reviews)
of respondents would recommend this to a friend.
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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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Meh. Not much to see here.
I bought two of these last April, planted them, and watered them twice a week for five months to help them establish. They never grew much bigger than the size they were when...Read complete review
I bought two of these last April, planted them, and watered them twice a week for five months to help them establish. They never grew much bigger than the size they were when they were shipped. Max height of 3-4". Off and on, their leaves would turn brown around the edges. At winter, their foliage died back to the ground. Although everything else is blooming in my garden, they have not come up. I am pretty sure they are dead. Spend your money on something tougher, like moonshine yarrow, night sage, sterntaller coreopsis, pink jupiter's beard, or fire pokers.
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By Christine's NM Garden
from Los Alamos
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Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Doesn't thrive at altitude
By High lonesome gardener
from Pine Co
Everything indicated that this plant would thrive in my garden. I purchased two of them and after three years they haven't grown at all. They die back completely over the winter and then get about 3" high during the summer. Very disappointed. I am in Colorado at 7500' and get less than 15" of rain per year. Similar plants (e.g Palmeri penstemon) do thrive so I think it just isn't compatible with the harsh conditions.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
from Lombard, Illinois
Liked as a cut flower in a small bud vase. Pinched dead flowers off the base and was pleased it kept its purple hue as a dried flower base.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
California rabbits love this!
By Plays with dirt
from Carlsbad CA
Turns out rabbits like this plant.....didn't totally kill it, but I will be putting a fence around it for now!
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
I wanted it to work so badly...
from Bend, Oregon
Two seasons ago I ordered two Blue Glow Thistles and only one survived. I planted them in a very hot spot, with some (moonshine?) Yarrow and some Walker's Low Nepeta (both flourishing and both from HCG). Last season HCG kindly and promptly replaced the dead plant, but the replacement didn't survive either. Our past two summers have been terribly hot, so this spring I will transplant the surviving thistle to a cooler location in my garden...
Every garden needs this plant!
By The Roadrunner
from Rio Rancho, NM
About Me Master Gardener
Beautiful blue plant! Gives wonderful texture to your garden. This plant is impossible to find in garden centers. Thank you High Country Gardens for having this great plant.
great so far
from upstate NY
About Me Getting Started
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.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Love this unique flower
from Salt Lake City, Utah
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.
Too early to tell
By Susan the gardener
from Centennial, CO
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.
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.
Love the blue globes!
from Port Huron, MI
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.
(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
All made a rosette but none of them bloomed
By flower lady
from Columbus NE
None of them bloomed!! Just greenery.
Merchant response: We certainly appreciate your feedback on the Echinops banaticus Blue Glow. Please keep in mind that any perennials such as this Echinops would be expected to show green growth the first year with blooms the 2nd and successive years. You can certainly expect to see this plant bloom next year around mid-summer! If for any reason this is not the case please contact us and we will be more than happy to go over some resolution options with you. We do want our customers to be successful with our products and pleased with our customer service. Happy Gardening!
didn't bloom yet
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.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
from Pray, Montana
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
from Tucson, AZ
It was in sandy, well draining soil. Died immediately, for no reason I can figure.
Merchant response: We are very sorry to hear that the Echinops banaticus Blue Glow have not been successful. We would never want you to pay for something that you didn't have a chance to enjoy, that is why we have our 100% guarantee. We truly want our customers to be successful with our products and pleased with our customer service. Please contact us so that we may assist you with a solution.
(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Died quickly. Reason unknown.
from Amarillo, TX
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Love These Unique Flowers
from Parker, CO
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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