Proper Name: Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro) Soft Violet-Blue Globes on Tall, Vigorous Plants! Blooms all summer! Splendid in dried arrangements! A mass of bobbing Globe Thistles, their softly-colored heads adding valuable blue color to the garden, is a spectacular sight in the summer sun! Ranging in size from 1 to 1 3/4 inches across, they are a gentle violet-blue, with a fuzzy appearance that adds to the soft, calming effect of the tall heads. The plant grows eagerly to 5 feet, holding the blooms well above the rich, finely-cut foliage. A fine landscape choice, and unexcelled for dried arrangements! To dry, simply cut the stem while the flower is still very fresh, and hang it upside-down in a well-ventilated, dry, somewhat cool location.