– Globe Thistle.
3 to 4 feet.
Flowers white or blue, June to August.
A handsome family of border plants, resembling
the Eryngiums, or Sea
Hollies, but whereas in the latter the heads are
Teasel-shaped, in the Echinops they are globular.
The plant grows stiffly, and the flowers, in the
most characteristic varieties, have a fine metallic
The best-known sort is Echinops ritro, steel-blue;
Echinops lanuginosus has white flowers, and Echinops
sphærocephalus is a tall grower with large
All require a good open soil, and ordinary perennial
The flower stems may be cut off at the autumnal
clear-up, and the plant should get a share of
the annual top-dressing of the herbaceous border.
See also : Globe