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propagating perennials: Echinops tienschanicum-Giant Globe Thistle
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Monday, June 8, 2009

Echinops tienschanicum-Giant Globe Thistle

Propagating Echinops or Giant Globe Thistle should be done in the spring, wearing gloves and a long sleeve shirt, by digging up the parent plant and dividing into good rooted transplants and should be done at least every 3-4 years. Since they can grow upwards of 6', including the flower head, the plant may need staking in windy locations. Some prefer leaving the dry plants through the winter for its effect but others prefer cutting them back to the ground in the fall. Their light blue blooms flower in August/September, are deer resistant, however its flowers attract butterflies, they do not like wet feet in the winter, and prefers full sun.

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