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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.
In truth, globe thistle isn't really a thistle, despite its spiky thistle-like leaves.
The flowers attract bees and butterflies and are at home alongside monarda and globe thistle, while some varieties can be combined well with fuchsias and blue salvias.
lContinue to keep an area of your pond ice-free to release noxious gases.Time-saving tip To save time on supports, choose tall herbaceous plants that require no staking, including red hot pokers (kniphofia), coneflower (rudbeckia -pictured right), foxglove (digitalis), verbascum and globe thistle (echinops).
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.
TIME-SAVING TIP If you hate the bother of staking plants, put in some self-supporting varieties including Digitalis (foxglove), Kniphofia (red hot poker), Rudbeckia (coneflower) and Echinops (globe thistle).
SEDUMS: Provide loads of pollen to lure busy bees in SWEET WILLIAM: Bees are attracted by its colour BLUE GLOBE THISTLE: Bee favourite, echinops CHEERS: Provide a water source for bees - and birds Hive talkin'...
The daisy-like flowers and height (they can grow to 150cm (5ft) tall) mean they work well towards the back of the border, attracting bees and butterflies and adding impact alongside globe thistle (Echinops) and monarda.
Other decoration flowers include echinops (globe thistle) or eryngium (sea holly) and seedheads of nigella (love-in-amist).