Echinops adenocaulos, Globe Thistle

Echinops adenocaulos

Globe Thistle
Family: Asteraceae
Small plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterBlue, lavender, purple flowersThorny or spinyPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

They form clumps of deeply divided, spiny leaves, which are gray-green above and fuzzy-white beneath. They produce round, compact heads of tiny pale blue or grayish-white flowers, resembling thistles, atop gray-white stems in late summer. Globe Thistles can live in any well-drained soil as long as it isn't too rich. They will survive in poor, dry soil. They should be in a position with full sun. These plants can be increased by seeds or division in the fall, or by root cuttings in the winter. Varietes: E. Ritro, E. Bannaticus, E. Gmelinii and E. Sphaerocephalus.

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