I have this in my garden and has been popular with the bees.
Does anyone know what it is please?
Many thanks for your help
Allium a member of the onion family.
Or could it be an echinops?, what's the foliage like Silverlight?
Allium, for sure.
I'd vote for echinops, I think, based on the 5-petalled flowers and the stem colour. Globe thistle. But the foliage will give it away - all alliums have grass--like leaves, whereas echinops have leaves which look a bit like a thistle.
As Liri says, we need to see the leaves to be sure of the diagnosis.
Decide for yourself, this is an Echinops.
Definitely Echinops, globe thistle. There is also a white flower variety too, but the ones in Berghill's picture are taller. I have tried to save the seed, but not sure I was saving the right bit. The only way I have manged to get more plants is to dig a bit out and plant somewhere else.
Thank you so much everyone it is Echinops Globe thistle !
It is a beautiful plant and now that I know what it is I can care for it and maybe buy some more since it's a favorite of kids who love the intricate flowers and watching the bees flock to it
Gardenmaiden I didn't know there was a white!! Just googled I really need that one lovely, I have the bright blue Ruthenicus and yes Silverlight agree a fantastic plant for the bees hope you find some more