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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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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.
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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.
And then there are those daisies that don't look like daisies - the globe thistles, achilleas, tall ligularias, and silver-leaved artemesias.
PRICKLY customers they may be, but Echinops or globe thistles, put on a worthwhile show.
Expert tip: Coneflowers combine especially well with ornamental grasses and achillea or yarrow in a natural prairiestyle planting scheme, and in flowerbeds with globe thistles and bee balm to attract bees and butterflies.