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Small Globe Thistle

Echinops ritro
Globe Thistle, a Mediterranean plant long in cultivation throughout Europe, is an undemanding perennial suitable for the border or wild garden. Williamsburg's John Custis might have received this species or its more vigorous cousin, E. sphaerocephalus, from his English Patron Peter Collinson in 1738. Both are listed in Parkison's early 17th-century herbal, and Philip Miller's 18th-century botanical dictionary. Jefferson's gardening mentor, Bernard McMahon, also included Small Globe Thistle in his 1806 American Gardener's Calendar, in the Appendix under "hardy perennial and biennial fibrous rooted flowering plants." Its flower is very attractive to insects and, like the Strawflower, is popular as a cut flower and for drying.
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Growth Type: 
Perennial
Color(s): 
Blue, Purple
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Partial Shade
Blooming History: 
June 20, 2001 to November 15, 2001June 7, 2002 to September 20, 2002July 4, 2003 to September 6, 2003June 16, 2004 to November 5, 2004June 17, 2005 to October 10, 2005June 16, 2006 to October 11, 2006June 14, 2007 to October 12, 2007June 17, 2008 to November 10, 2008June 11, 2009 to October 14, 2009June 18, 2010 to November 1, 2010June 28, 2011 to July 18, 2011June 4, 2012 to October 24, 2012June 6, 2013 to October 3, 2013June 5, 2014 to July 5, 2014June 15, 2015 to August 3, 2015June 9, 2016 to October 14, 2016June 15, 2017 to November 10, 2017June 15, 2018 to October 17, 2018June 18, 2019

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