Thistle

A compact, bushy herbaceous perennial thistle with broad prickly leaves, bearing globes of steel-blue flowers.
Common name : Thistle
Scientific name : Echinops ritro
Family : Astéraceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
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Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 5a
Height 60 - 160
pH 6 - 7

Identify my thistle

Very easy to recognize: large cut leaves - pennatifides or pennatiséquées, prickly, greyish. The inflorescences are bluish globes.

Water my thistle

Water twice a week during the first month.

Plant my thistle

The globe thistles are planted in spring or autumn, in a soil not too clayey. If necessary, add sand at the plantation. Place them in the sun or partial shade. Prepare the soil by loosening at the depth of one spade. Plant every 50 cm. Cover with soil, tamp gently to avoid air around the roots, then water and mulch.

Mulch my thistle

Mulch your thistle - less weeding later!

Prune my thistle

Prune the dry flowers if you want to limit the seedlings, which are very abundant. Take the opportunity to make beautiful bouquets of dried flowers.

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