Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape September 22, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

Plant Family



Globe thistle plants
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Aster or Composite family (Asteraceae / Compositae)

Other Common Names



Herbaceous perennial plant native to Europe and Asia

Globe thistle is a striking plant with interesting round vibrant blue/purple thistle-like flowers and leaves that attract lots of bees

Can reach heights of up to 4 feet and can grow to 3 feet wide

Full sun but can tolerate part shade in hot climates

Cold hardy and grows in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 8

Tolerates a wide variety of well drained soil types

Readily reseeds and can become a nuisance in the garden









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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.