Echinops is Latin for hedgehog….just in case you were wondering. Echinops flowers remind me of medieval weaponry…beautiful silvery blue spikey spheres. As cut flowers they are very versatile and they dry easily too.
Echinops is one of the few perennials that I like to grow…and it self seeds too. When I had my flower patch in Cornwall (before I started my three-year narrowboat adventure) I had a wonderful dedicated patch….the bees loved them too.
50ish seeds in a packet
Sow in late March/April/May (I prefer to sow under glass)