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Hollinshead Water-wise Garden Plants

Photo:
Pat Kolling

Taxon ID#

33

Unique, tall perennial that works well in a border. Gray to green, prickly foliage and globe-shaped flower heads add texture and interest

Scientific  Name:

Echinops ritro

Common Name 1

› Globe Thistle

Family:

Asteraceae

Origins:

Central Asia, South-Central and Southeastern Europe

Plant Type:

Herbaceous Plant, Perennial
Common Name 2

Common Name 3

Oregon native:

no

Western state native:

no

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Landscape Application Information

Seasonal Care

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MAINTENANCE

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Min. USDA Hardiness Zone:

3

Sun Preference:

Full Sun

Water Preference:

L

Soil Preference:

Average, poor, shallow-rocky, infertile (avoid rich soils), dry, well-drained

Fertilizer Needs:

Low

Recommended Mulch:

PLANT DESCRIPTION

Foliage Color:

Green

Foliage Description:

Deeply lobed, curled and roughly- toothed spiny margins, coarse and covered with prickly hairs, white underside

Fragrant:

no

Predominant flower color:

Blue

Flower Description:

Pale purplish-blue, spiny, golf-ball size sphere

Fall color:

no

Fall Color Description:

Winter Foliage:

Deciduous

Winter Interest:

no

Winter Interest Description:

Mature height:

2-3'

Mature spread:

2 - 3'

Growth rate:

Fast

LANDSCAPE APPLICATION

Deer Resistant:

yes

Fire Resistant:

no

Attracts Pollinators:

yes

Attracts Butterflies:

yes

Native Habitat:

Central Asia, South-Central and Southeastern Europe

Attracts Birds:

no

Cut/Dried Flowers:

yes

Used by Wildlife:

yes

Swales:

no

Wildlife Use:

Host for painted lady butterfly larva

Photo:
Nancy Glick

Hedge/Screen:

no

Border:

yes

Erosion Control:

no

Windbreak:

no

Ground Cover:

no

Provides Shade:

no

Rock Garden:

no

Cover Structures:

no

First Bloom:

Jul

Last Bloom:

Adds Texture/Movement:

Sep

Ornamental Accent:

yes

yes

Garden Observations:

Aphids in the summer!

Seasonal Care
Maintenance

SEASONAL CARE

Spring Care:

Cut back; stake if desired; after at least 3 years and when plantlets are visible, can divide--cut back roots to 8"

Summer Care:

Deadhead to prevent reseeding and/or cut back to basal foliage after flowering to encourage ;rebloom; stake if necessary- Watch for aphids

Fall Care:

Deadhead

Winter Care:

Do not cut back

Long Term Care:

Taprooted plant; difficult to divide or transplant; winter survival improved if not cut back until spring

Insect Pests:

Melon aphid, four-lined plant bug, celery (greenhouse) leaftier, crown rot, aphids, (no problems serious)

Wildlife Pests:

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RESOURCES

OSU Landscape Profile:

USDA Plants:

Calscape Database:

LBJ Native Plant Database:

Missouri Botanical Garden Database:

Monrovia Profile:

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Image by Mikaela Wiedenhoff

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