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
60 - 160
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.