Echinops ritro

Globe Thistle

Categories: Herbaceous Perennial

Echinops ritro or 'Globe Thistle' is a hardy perennial and a non demanding plant for the border. This robust, upright herbaceous perennial has jaggedy-divided, prickly dark green leaves which are whitish beneath

More About Echinops ritro

  • Tolerates a wide range of soils, including poor, infertile, dry ones, as long as well-drained. Avoid rich soils.
  • This is a taprooted plant that is difficult to divide or transplant.

In late summer through to autumn, the globular heads of round, violet-blue flower heads appear, each on silvery, branched leafy stems. The handsome spherical buds open into flower from the top down.
The flowers have a metallic lustre and may be cut and dried for winter decoration. The plants are suitable for the back of the herbaceous border and will attract many bees and butterflies into the garden. 

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24-36 in


1-3 ft

Hardiness Zone:


Echinops ritro Characteristics


  • Specimen
  • Cottage Garden
  • Border
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage
  • Dried Flower
  • Mass Plant
  • Unique Foliage/Foliage Color

Critter Resistance

  • Rabbit Resistant
  • Deer Resistant


  • Does best in full sun
  • Part Sun/Part Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Early Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Late Spring / Early Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average

Flower Color

  • Blue


  • Clumping
  • Mounding