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Echinops

 

(globe thistle), a genus of plants of the family Compositae. They are perennial and, less frequently, annual herbs. The leaves are alternate, pinnatipartite, and prickly. The bisexual, tubular flowers are light blue, grayish, or white; they are borne singly in heads, which are gathered into spherical inflorescences. The fruit is a cylindric achene. There are more than 100 species, distributed primarily in the temperate zones of Eurasia and Africa. Approximately 60 species are found in the USSR, mainly in the arid regions of the Caucasus and Middle Asia. Echinops sphaerocephalus and E. ritro are widespread. The plants yield significant quantities of nectar. Sometimes they cause poisoning of livestock. The alkaloid echinopsine is obtained from the fruits. The seeds contain an oil that can be used industrially. Several species, including E. ritro, are cultivated as ornamentals.

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The globe thistle prefers a well-drained soil in full sun but isn't terribly fussy and will adapt to most soils and even a little shade.
The daisy-like flowers and height (they can grow to 120cm) mean they work well towards the back of the border, they attract bees and butterflies and add impact alongside globe thistle (echinops) and monarda.
Globe Thistle and Monkshood attracted numbers of bees too.
Agapanthus may not return as successfully as alliums, as the blue or white flowers which are so prevalent in the Channel Islands prefer warmer climes, but you could also choose other species to provide texture and architectural value to such schemes, including globe thistle (Echinops), a tough, silvery plant with spiky leaves and bristly metallic blue flowers, or sea holly (Eryngium), with its blue, teasel-like flowers on blue-tinted branching stems.
YOU'LL get good results with the following herbaceous perennials: Scabious, the Globe Thistle, or Echinops ritro Veitch's Blue, Erigeron and the late-flowering Aster amellus Violet Queen.
Photo: Tightly clustered composition includes bright orange gladiolus and lilies mingled with purple phlox, salvia, globe thistle, and sword fern
The globe thistle (Echinops bannaticus)produces eye-catching soft blue spiny globes on top of silvery stems, which grow to around 1.
timesaverTo save time on supports, choose tall herbaceous plants that require no staking, including red hot pokers (Kniphofia),coneflower (Rudbeckia),foxglove (Digitalis), verbascum and globe thistle (Echinops).
Next, you'll need some decorative materials - these could be berries, pine cones or interesting seed heads such as poppies, teasels, eryngiums and globe thistles.
Next, you will need to look for some decorative materials - these could be berries, pine cones or interesting seed heads, such as poppies, teasels, eryngiums and globe thistles.
You can warm up a stark white room with just a single stem of Bird of Paradise, or add some drama to your decor with a bold arrangement of purple globe thistles.
Expert tip: Coneflowers combine especially well with ornamental grasses and achillea or yarrow in a natural prairiestyle planting scheme, and in flower beds with globe thistles and bee balm to attract bees and butterflies.