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Small Globe Thistle

Echinops ritro

Also known as

Blue Hedgehog, Globe Flower, Globe thistle

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H7

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

50cm

50cm

Min

10cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Small Globe Thistle Overview

Echinops ritro is a herbaceous perennial species that grows to around 1m tall, with an upright, robust growth habit. It produces spiky, jaggedly-divided dark green foliage which resembles that of thistles, coloured white underneath. Flowers are thistly, spherical and coloured violet-blue, borne on branching, silvery-coloured, leafy stems.

Common problems with Small Globe Thistle

How to propagate Small Globe Thistle

Cuttings

Root cuttings may be taken in winter.

Division

Divide in spring or autumn.

Seed

Sow mid-spring, capable of self-seeding.

Special features of Small Globe Thistle

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Small Globe Thistle

Dried arrangements, ornamental, border Summer/Autumn interest.

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