1–3" wide globes take on a steel-blue hue as they mature. Dries well. Globes add texture and color to fresh and dried arrangements. Spines are minimal compared to similar types, but gloves are recommended for harvesting as the leaves and stems are a bit prickly. Begins blooming mid-summer in the second year after planting. Tolerant of hot, dry growing conditions, once established. Also commonly known as southern globethistle. Perennial in zones 3–8. Ht. 30–48". Avg. 1,700 seeds/oz. Packet: 50 seeds.