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Echinops ritro subsp. ruthenicus - Kew Pollination CollectionRuthenian Globe Thistle

Hardy Perennial

What is Hardy Perennial?
A plant that lives for more than two years.
Capable of withstanding outdoor winter temperatures down to -15C.

These packets are produced in association with Kew Gardens

Spherical blooms attract plenty of pollinating insects

Hardy reliable and drought tolerant

Can be cut and dried for winter flower displays

Fulfilled and sold by Thompson & Morgan

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Height Up to 90cm (36in)
Spread Up to 45cm (18in)

Hardy Perennial

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Description

The Kew Pollinators range of seeds from Thompson and Morgan has been specially created alongside the experts at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to attract and support a wide range of pollinators, including bees, butterflies and beetles, as well as a number of other important pollinating insects. Helping these pollinators to thrive is hugely important for our eco-system as a whole and these seeds, in their striking packaging inspired by artwork from the Kew archives, will help to create the environment which they need to thrive, with varieties chosen to help a wide range of pollinating insects, including some night flowering plants to help moths which also play an important part in our gardens.

A superb border perennial which is always busy with the hum of Bees and other pollinating insects. This Blue Globe thistle boasts spherical heads of electric-blue flowers that rise upon slender stems, above the silvery, thistle-like foliage. Echinops ritro subsp. ruthenicus is hardy and drought tolerant once established, making it a reliable choice for hot, sunny herbaceous borders. The blooms make superb cut flowers which can also be dried for everlasting displays. Height: 90cm (36”). Spread: 45cm (18").


1 packet (20 echinops seeds) (KB7559)

Sowing

Sow Echinops from January to April on the surface of a good seed compost, lightly cover with compost or vermiculite, and gently firm down. Place in a propagator at a temperature of 20-25C (70-75F), or seal inside a polythene bag until after germination which usually takes 10-20 days. When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant and grow them on in cooler conditions until large enough to plant outdoors.

When all risk of frost has passed, gradually acclimatise plants to outdoor conditions for 10-15 days before planting out in a sunny spot on light, well drained soil.

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Feed and water regularly until are fully established. Globe Thistles seed freely and the ornamental seed heads provide further late summer interest if left intact. If seedlings are not required, simply deadhead the faded flowers.
Delivery

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £4.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £6.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

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