Echinops bannaticus ‘Star Frost’
FROSTY GLOBE FLOWER
Frosty silver-white flower globes, bouncing up on tall stems over summer, make Echinops bannaticus ‘Star Frost’ easy to place in any garden.
Golf balls of frosty white
The round Globe Flowers are golf ball size, and produced in abundance, as the plant branches out well with more flowers;
Echinops bannaticus ‘Star Frost’ is a profuse and long bloomer, so there are always silvery golf balls to cut for a vase.
And their ghostly colour fits into any scheme.
(Scroll down to “Growing” section below for plant details, how / where to grow).
Tough as nails – Best grown lean & mean
The hardiness of Echinops is legendary. Because they actually enjoy dry, heat, frost, and poor soil.
They actually grow to their best in poorer soils, and should not be over fertilized.
They even tolerate summer humidity, making them also suitable for gardeners in sub-tropical climates.
Superb cut flowers
Echinops make superb cut flowers, either fresh or dried. And their long, clean stems make them an easy cut flower to harvest.
Growing: Echinops bannaticus ‘Star Frost’
FROSTY GLOBE FLOWER
– Height with flowers: A very upright plant to 1m. approx.
– Width: 60cm approx.
– Soil: Echinops tolerate most soils, from rich loam to the poorest, meanest, sand or gravel. But they do insist on good drainage. And they are actually perform best when grown in lean and mean conditions. It keeps them strong, upright and blooming well. Do not fertilize.
– Water-wise: Echinops have deep tap roots, so this enables them to forage for water, resist dry periods, and survive where others would melt. So they are an excellent choice for water-wise gardens.
– Position: Full Sun. Echinops are strong and weather-proof, so very suitable for seaside and exposed gardens. And they just bask in sun and heat. They are at their strongest when grown in more difficult, drier and poor conditions, and they will also tolerate summer humidity.
– Frost: Extremely frost hardy, and can tolerate hard frosts down to at least -20C.
– Growth: Perennial clump which slowly thickens, but is not invasive. Remains as a dense, round clump of unusual serrated foliage.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees just adore rustling around amongst the myriad of flowers in each globe, as they regard them as a high-rise supermarket of nectar. And as the bees rootle around, they come out laden with pollen. Butterflies are similarly besotted with them.
– Care: Easy, low care, as the only work required is to cut back the flower stems as they finish. This will encourage a second and even a third crop of flowers in a single season.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Bliss, because both deer and rabbits find the tough and softly spiny leaves unpalatable.
– Origin: Native to Southern and Eastern Europe (from Spain east to Turkey, Ukraine, and Belarus), and western Asia. So this of course explains their hardiness in hot and dry conditions.