Globe Thistle

Globe Thistle Echinops ritro
Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro)
At a Glance
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Mature Height: 2 to 4 Feet
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 - 8
  • Soil Conditions: Moist, Well-Drained
  • Foliage Color: Silver/White
  • Bloom Color: Blue
  • Bloom Season: July through August
  • Size: Tall

Features of Globe Thistle


Features unique blue-gray foliage and steel blue globe shaped flowers. Foliage looks like thistle. Foliage offers dramatic contrast in the garden. Drought tolerant once established.


  • Prefers well-drained soil in a full sun location. Needs very well-drained soil to overwinter successfully.
  • Very light shade during the hot part of the day may help retain good foliage quality.
  • May reseed and spread.