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Deer and rabbit resistant - Blooms summer to early fall – Clump forming thistle plant
Globe Thistle Echinops bannaticus has long prickly stems & is a very striking & showy flower.
Globe Thistle does well in any well drained soil is Drought tolerant and will reseed itself.
Sow seeds indoors or outside in early spring. Do not cover the seeds as they require light to germinate.
Will bloom in the second year. I found that harvesting the seeds was a bit difficult and time consuming.
Below please read an email received from Jonna on harvesting and sowing Echinops seeds.
Jonna’s website is http://www.seedsite.eu
The seed is in the individual parts of the seedpod.
The best time to collect these seeds is when they are loose in the seedpod. That means that you can only harvest a part of the seedpod at the same time, because the ones above will be ripe earlier than the ones below. Never use any pressure to harvest them. If you do that you’ll harvest unripe seeds. If you want to harvest a lot of seeds you’ll have to check the pods 2 times a week.
Or you can use organza bags to gather the seeds. The ones who fall in the bags are potential ripe.
After harvesting you must put them in paper bags and take out the seeds of the individual parts of the seedpod. You’ll notice that not every ‘seed’ is viable. Only the seeds that are thick and can’t be crushed with your nail are potential viable seeds. It’s a lot of work.
The seeds must be sown in autumn or winter, they prefer (or even need) a cold period. If you prefer to sow indoors you’ll have to stratisfy the seeds a few weeks.
Thank’s Jonna for your wealth of knowledge on seed collecting!
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Asterceae Family - Deer Resistant - Originated in North America
Blooms are bi-color with red centres and yellow tips. Each flowers last about 4 weeks.
The Gaillardia flowers will bloom contiuously from June to September if dead headed.
Also known as x grandilora Kobold. Resembles a firewheel or Native American Blanket.
Centre of the flower is like a disk or button and are very Daisy like.
Gaillardia does well in hot conditions and is drought tolerant.
Prefers well drained soil and does just fine in poor soil.
Easy to grow from seed. Plant seeds in early Spring or Summer anytime right up until 2 months before the first fall frost.
Gaillardia reseeds itself and may also be divided in the Spring or Fall.
I consider the Harvest of Gaillardia seeds as simple to do.
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Zone 3-9 Hardy Great Prairie Flower Heritage Perennial Full Sun
3-4 Feet 2 Feet Attracts Butterflies Bees Birds
Blooms in Mid Summer/ Fall - Each yellow flower blooms for 2-3 Weeks
Asteraceae Family – Originating in Armenia – Great for the back of borders
Some other known names include Yellow Hardhat, Lemon Fluff, Basket Flower, Giant Knapweed, Great Golden Knapweed, Globe Centaurea, Golden Thistle, Globe Coneflower and Big Head Knapweed.
Centaurea Macrocephala is an excellent ornamental cut flower for fresh or dried arrangements. The base of the flower resembles a pinecone, artichoke or wicker basket.
Harvesting your own seeds from Centaurea Macrocephala is easy. Direct sow after the last frost in the Spring. Sow half inch deep in well drained soil.