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Echinops ritro - L.

Common Name Globe Thistle, Southern globethistle, Small Globe Thistle
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 3-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Gravely places on mountain slopes at elevations of 200 - 2400 metres in Tibet[266].
Range Central and Eastern Europe to Central Asia.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Echinops ritro Globe Thistle,  Southern globethistle, Small Globe Thistle


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Echinops ritro Globe Thistle,  Southern globethistle, Small Globe Thistle
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Summary

Bloom Color: Blue. Main Bloom Time: Early fall, Late summer, Mid summer. Form: Irregular or sprawling, Upright or erect.


Physical Characteristics

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Echinops ritro is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) at a fast rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 3. It is in flower from June to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Antiinflammatory  Galactogogue

The root is anti-inflammatory and galactogogue[176]. It is used in the treatment of breast abscesses with inflammation, mastitis, lack of milk in nursing mothers and distension of the breast[176].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Erosion control, Ground cover, Massing, Seashore, Specimen. Succeeds in a sunny position in any well drained soil of low or medium fertility[200]. Established plants are drought tolerant[190]. There are a number of named varieties, selected for their ornamental value[200]. The flowers are often used for dried flower displays[200]. If all the flowers are removed early in the season, the plant will often produce a second flush of bloom later in the summer[200]. Special Features: Naturalizing, Attracts butterflies, Suitable for cut flowers, Suitable for dried flowers, Extended bloom season in Zones 9A and above, Attractive flowers or blooms.

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow early spring in a cold frame[111]. The seed usually germinates in 3 - 9 weeks at 25°c[175]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. The seed can also be sown in an outdoor seedbed in mid spring and is then planted out into its permanent position in late summer or the autumn[111]. Division in autumn[111]. Root cuttings in the winter[200].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Echinops latifolius Perennial0.5 3-7  LMHNDM01 
Echinops setiferGlobe ThistlePerennial1.0 -  LMHSNDM12 
Echinops spinosissimus Perennial0.8 6-9  LMHNDM10 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Botanical References

200266

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