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
Easy to grow
Good for Cut Flowers
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Good for Dried Flowers
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
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 47000

Details

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.
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, Easy to grow, Good for Cut Flowers, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Good for Dried Flowers, Low Maintenance, Adds Texture
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Suitable Above 7000 ft, Hot Desert, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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.

Shipping

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High Country GardensEchinops banaticus Blue Glow
 
3.5

(based on 15 reviews)

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85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (7)
  • Hardy (7)
  • Healthy (7)
  • Accurate instructions (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (8)
  • Outdoors (6)
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    • Avid gardener (7), Master gardener (6)
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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

 

California rabbits love this!

Turns out rabbits like this plant.....didn't totally kill it, but I will be putting a fence around it for now!

Turns out rabbits like this plant.....didn't totally kill it, but I will be putting a fence around it for now!

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3.0

Pretty

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from Lombard, Illinois

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  • Healthy

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Echinops banaticus Blue Glow:

    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.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    California rabbits love this!

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    from Carlsbad CA

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    Pros

    • Attractive

    Cons

    • Small In Size

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    • Garden

    Comments about High Country Gardens Echinops banaticus Blue Glow:

    Turns out rabbits like this plant.....didn't totally kill it, but I will be putting a fence around it for now!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    I wanted it to work so badly...

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    from Bend, Oregon

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Echinops banaticus Blue Glow:

    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...

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    5.0

    Every garden needs this plant!

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    from Rio Rancho, NM

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Attracts bees and butterflies
    • Hardy
    • Healthy
    • Versatile
    • Xeric

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors
      • Xeric garden

      Comments about High Country Gardens Echinops banaticus Blue Glow:

      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.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      great so far

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      from upstate NY

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      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Pests & Disease

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      • Garden
      • Lawn
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      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

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      from Salt Lake City, Utah

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          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

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          from Centennial, CO

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          • Hardy

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            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

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            from Centennial, CO

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              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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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love the blue globes!

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              from Port Huron, MI

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                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

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                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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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                didn't bloom yet

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                from wyoming

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                • Hardy
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                  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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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Blue-tiful!!

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                  from Pray, Montana

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                  • Attractive
                  • Hardy
                  • Healthy
                  • Unique

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                    • 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).

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                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Died immediately

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                    from Tucson, AZ

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                        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.

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                        from Amarillo, TX

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                        Comments about High Country Gardens Echinops banaticus Blue Glow:

                        Died quickly. Reason unknown.

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                        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Love These Unique Flowers

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                        from Parker, CO

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                        • Attractive
                        • Hardy
                        • Healthy
                        • Unique

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                          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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