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Great Globe Thistle

Echinops sphaerocephalus


This is a glandular, woolly perennial herbaceous plant which reaches on average 50–100 centimetres (20–39 in) of height, with a maximum of two metres. Its erect, branching, gray, slightly wrinkled and hairy stems bear the occasional large, soft, sharply toothed, sharp-lobed pointed green leaves. They are sticky hairy above, and white woolly below. Atop each stem is an almost perfectly spherical inflorescence up to 6 cm in diameter, packed with white or blue-gray disc florets. It flowers from June until September. (Wikipedia)


These were in a cultivated garden.

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Great globe thistle
Echinops sphaerocephalus Echinops sphaerocephalus

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Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

mauna Kunzah, They are like something out of Dr. Suess aren't they? The funny thing is that my very first PN spotting was a globe thistle, and it was a weed out in the middle of nowhere in Turkey, and these are exactly the same, but cultivated in Shakspear's garden in Stratford.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 9 years ago

Wow, the second picture is surreal, Ava!

suzmonk 9 years ago

Beautiful ... I love thistles.

You're welcome, dear @Ava T-B :)

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Thanks so much for the ID DespinaTsafetopoulou. And for the help Dan and Chester.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago

Totally agree with chester.

chesterbperry 9 years ago

Definitely not an Allium, I would look to the the Eryngium genus, sorry i can not help narrow it further.

Ava T-B
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Ava T-B

England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Jul 27, 2013
Submitted on Aug 19, 2013

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