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Globe thistle

Echinops ritro

Globe thistle is part of the Echinops genus and its scientific name is Echinops ritro.

This plant is resistant to deer, and attracts bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects and pollinators to the garden.


This plant self-seeds freely, to prevent this deadhead immediately after the flowers are spent. This will also encourage a second flush of blooming.


Doesn’t care to be transplanted or divided, so after its planted, leave alone as much as possible.

It is a flower / ornamental and is treated mainly as a perennial, so it grows best over a period of time (3 years and greater). Globe thistle is known for growing to a height of approximately 3.90 feet (that's 1.20 metres in metric) with a erect habit. Expect blooming to occur in late summer.

Globe thistle is great for inexperienced gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

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How to grow Globe thistle

  • Partial Sun

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  • Medium

Is a good choice of plant for xeriscaping, or for a garden that gets medium amounts of water.

Position in a partial sun location and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 3 - Zone 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Globe thistle requires a soil ph of 5.0 - 6.0 meaning it does best in moderately acidic soil - weakly acidic soil. Keep in mind when planting that Globe thistle is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to survive through freezing conditions.

Growing Globe thistle from seed

Soil temperature should be kept higher than 17°C / 63°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Globe thistle

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Globe thistle is a very hardy plant.

Companion plants for Globe thistle

These plants have been known to grow well alongside Globe thistle so consider planting:

Repellent plants for Globe thistle

These plants will not grow well with Globe thistle so avoid planting these within close proximity:

Common Globe thistle problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Globe thistle plants:

Other names for Globe thistle

Small globe thistle, Common globe thistle, Blue globe thistle

Echinops bannaticus, Echinops exaltatus

Globe thistle care instructions

How long does Globe thistle take to grow?

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