giant globe thistle echinops tienschanicum

yellow_bear_1(z4 (5) SD)January 8, 2009

I've got a hankering to grow the giant Globe Thistle. About ten years ago I saw one in a garden in Wyoming. 7 feeet tall, flowers at least the size of tennis balls, maybe larger. A little later I saw sed for it in a catalog but didn't act on it and now I can't find any availabe except in the UK. Does anybody here know of any access to this giant? Here in zone 4 large plants are a thrill. We grow Inula giantea, Thalictrum Elin, and they really make us feel like we're in a different zone. :)

Tom

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bindersbee(6a UT)

That sounds like a very interesting plant so I did some googling too. The only American source I found was Bay State Nusery in Massachusetts but it doesn't look like they do mail order. Annie's Annuals has it listed but it says 'not currently in production'.

Chiltern Seed sells the seeds and, although they are overseas, I have ordered from them before and been very happy with what I got. If you are looking for a few differnt less-common plants Chiltern is a great place to turn.

I'll bet that plant is waterwise too! Dang it! Now I REALLY want it. We can both covet it. LOL!

    Bookmark   January 8, 2009 at 5:32PM
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organicmickie(6 SW Ohio)

Sometimes they [Chiltern's] sells at the Home and Garden Shows or larger Flower Shows. Its always a risk though, to not get something early when you want it bad!

    Bookmark   January 16, 2009 at 4:01PM
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annette99(5)

I found echinops sphaerocephalus sounds similar to what you are looking for check it out at specialty perennials it gets 6' and is hardy to zone 3. Good luck

    Bookmark   January 18, 2009 at 4:16PM
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organicmickie(6 SW Ohio)

Hey Tom -

Are you still looking for those echinops? I placed an order with Chilterns and have more than I need. I would be happy to share if you email your address to me.

Mickie

    Bookmark   February 9, 2009 at 1:23PM
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Nevermore44 - 6a

Hi OrganicMickie,

if you have any of the echinops tienschanicum left over, i would definitely be interested too! Trade or the like.

nevermore44@yahoo.com

-m

    Bookmark   February 9, 2009 at 4:20PM
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yellow_bear_1(z4 (5) SD)

Mickie!
I, too, ordered the E. tienschanicum from Chiltern along with Lathyrus vernus that we had seen at the Denver Botanical Gardens but had been unable to find a source for anywhere. So it was a GREAT recommendation. I have takers here already for the extra plants. I'm going to start the whole lot and distribute the plants to hopefully secure a future source of seed in case of plant failure in our garden. I have received a seed germination tip to place the pointy tip down in the starting medium. Lets try to remember to get back here to compare notes!
Tom

    Bookmark   February 10, 2009 at 10:10PM
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organicmickie(6 SW Ohio)

Hi Tom,

Yes, we'll keep in touch. I am sharing seeds now and plants later; gotta cover all the bases. I love big plants.

Nevermore - please send your address and I will send you some seeds!

Mickie

    Bookmark   February 12, 2009 at 10:04PM
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yellow_bear_1(z4 (5) SD)

Mickie, Are you familiar with the giant Inula? It's a great big plant hardy even here in zone 4. the plant gets 8 or 9 feet tall with leaves two or more feet long. The yellow composite flowers are okay but the plant itself is such a grand presence and grows in shade or sun!
Tom

    Bookmark   February 12, 2009 at 10:17PM
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pdshop(5)

Can any of you tell me the address for Chiltern. I am in MA. and am not familar with it. I saw some in VT. last weekend and want it!!!

    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 8:45AM
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laceyvail(6A, WV)

Some other huge plants that might interest you--Persicaria 'Crimson Beauty' (absolutely non invasive and gets 12 feet tall with gorgeous Sept bloom), Silphium perfoliatum (cup plant), Coreopsis tripteris, Persicaria polymorpha (8 ft tall and 12 feet wide with bloom from lt. May into August). Not sure about the zones for these plants.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2009 at 6:37AM
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