Ball thistle - eye-catcher in every flower garden
Echinops ritro, colloquially known as globe thistle. The botanical name of the plant is derived from the Greek words echinos for hedgehog and ops for appearance and refers to the flowers of the globe thistle. It is a medium sized, showy perennial with a bushy, upright habit. Echinops is a good source of colour and contrast in the perennial border, especially at the back, or in the cut flower garden. Ball thistle is nice to combine with other cut flowers such as sunflower The flowers have a thistle-like appearance, spiky and deeply cut. The upper side is greyish-green and the underside silvery-white.
flared blue flowers
Echinops ritro blooms from July to the end of September with blue flowers the size of a golf ball. The flowers of the globe thistle consist of hundreds of small, star-shaped blue flowers. The globe thistle prefers a location in full sun or partial shade and thrives in any well-drained soil, even in nutrient-poor soil. Ball thistles are excellent for use as dried flowers. Cut them off before the flowers open. Then leave them to dry upside down.
Ball thistles as an attraction for bees
Ball thistles always look best when planted in groups. They require little care and enhance flower borders, especially in combination with yellow or orange flowering Achillea. Water only during prolonged drought.
The 60 to 90 cm tall globe thistles are popular with bees, bumblebees and butterflies and are therefore very important for biodiversity on our planet.
Ornamental value even in winter
Ball thistles are very popular because of their long flowering period. After flowering, the globe thistle is still beautiful, and even in winter it forms a beautiful silhouette in the garden. After winter you can cut it above the ground.
Ball thistles are a beautiful addition to any garden from the time the flower buds form until well after the flowering season.
The plant is also a popular plant in the garden.