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Echinops 'Ritro'

Violet globes on silvery stems

The Highlights

    • Echinops is impossible to ignore, with its globes of tiny blue flowers rising on tall silvery stems from toothed dark green leaves
    • Flowers throughout July and August, providing a burst of late summer colour
    • A low maintenance upright perennial which is fully hardy, disease resistant and needs no pruning
    • Perfect for wildlife and cottage garden borders in sun or part shade - they also make attention-grabbing cut flowers!
    • Grows up to 1m tall
    • Bees and butterflies flock to Echinops, earning it the RHS's Plants for Pollinators designation

Echinops 'Ritro'

Violet globes on silvery stems
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The Highlights

    • Echinops is impossible to ignore, with its globes of tiny blue flowers rising on tall silvery stems from toothed dark green leaves
    • Flowers throughout July and August, providing a burst of late summer colour
    • A low maintenance upright perennial which is fully hardy, disease resistant and needs no pruning
    • Perfect for wildlife and cottage garden borders in sun or part shade - they also make attention-grabbing cut flowers!
    • Grows up to 1m tall
    • Bees and butterflies flock to Echinops, earning it the RHS's Plants for Pollinators designation

Know Your Plant

Supplied as:

Plant in 10.5 cm pot

Height on arrival:

Eventual height:

0.5-1m

Eventual spread:

10-50cm
Spreads approx 10-50cm

Time to first crop:

Flower colour:

Blue
Rounded violet blue flower heads

Habit:

Upright/clump-forming
Clumps of foliage with upright flower stems

Hardiness:

Fully hardy
H7 - fully hardy down to -20

Rootstock:

Spacing:

10cm
Plant 10cm apart to allow for spreading

Care Guide

Excellent pest and disease resistance

Disease free, but can be affected by aphids. If you see aphids, pick them off by hand and spray the infected area with some soapy water. You can also plant a companion plant nearby such as Marigolds. These will attract predatory insects such as ladybirds.

Water regularly in summer

This plant needs nothing more than rain water throughout most of the year. During hot, prolonged dry periods in summer however, you may have to give the plant a good watering several times a week. If the plant starts to look distressed and the soil around it is very dry, then give the plant some more water and check up on it the next day.

Full sun to partial shade

Echinops do equally well in sun or partial shade - ideally they should receive at least 4-6 hours of sunlight daily

Any fertile, well-drained soil

Plant in any fertile, well-drained soil. If your soil is particularly poor or clay heavy, add some garden compost with perlite to improve drainage.

Feeding not required

This is a low maintenance plant which gets all the nutrients it needs from the soil. https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0513/3428/3424/files/pruning_3x_4d3eaf73-f629-45e0-87a5-6f14f5f005fc.png?v=1613300718

For more care tips and ideas visit our Knowledge page

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