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Globe Thistle

Echinops ritro

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Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro) at Tagawa Gardens

Globe Thistle flowers

Globe Thistle flowers

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Height:  30 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Other Names:  Blue Globe Thistle

Ornamental Features

Globe Thistle features bold steel blue pincushion flowers at the ends of the stems from mid to late summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive spiny lobed leaves remain bluish-green in color with curious silver undersides throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Globe Thistle is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Globe Thistle is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Globe Thistle will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for poor, alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer: Inventory varies seasonally as well as by the hour during busy season. Please call us directly 303-690-4722 or visit us for current availability.


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