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Blue Globe Thistle
Echinops ritro 3–4' tall. Luminous 1½" steel-blue spiky spheres balance atop stiff stems with deeply divided silvery green leaves.
Echinops comes from the Greek word for ‘hedgehog.’ Excellent addition to wreaths and fresh or dried arrangements.
Blooms July to August. Beloved by bees. Tolerates shallow rocky ground. Plant 1–2' apart in full sun and well-drained soil. MOFGA-certified organic, grown at Ripley Farm. Z3. Maine Grown. (bare-root crowns)
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Herbaceous Perennial Plants
When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. If they are slightly dry, add a little water or, if they are going to be potted up soon, wet the roots. Generally, a little surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. If you cannot pot them up immediately, store them in a cool (35–40°) location for a short time.
Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors.
Pot up the rootstock using well-drained potting mix in a deep 6" pot or a 1-gallon container. Avoid coiling the roots in under-sized containers. Grow newly potted perennials for a few weeks in a protected location in indirect light at 50–60°. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting. Transplant outside once they show some top growth and the danger of frost has passed.