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Globe Thistle

Echinops spp.

Echinops July 2011-1 by Alvesgaspar (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Globe Thistle Overview

Echinops is a genus of over 190 hardy perennials commonly called globe thistles. They are cultivated for their spherical, showy, spiky, white or blue flowerheads and spiky foliage. These plants are commonly known as Globe Thistle. The genus Echinops originates from Europe, Asia and in regions of Tropical Africa and will produce good results even if planted in poor quality soil.

Common problems with Globe Thistle

How to propagate Globe Thistle


Root cuttings are best taken in winter.


Divide in spring or autumn.


Sow mid-spring.

Special features of Globe Thistle

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Globe Thistle

Grown for their globe-like, spiky flower heads. Borders. Suitable for coastal conditions.


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