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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.
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: 
2001 Jun 20 to 2001 Nov 152002 Jun 7 to 2002 Sep 202003 Jul 4 to 2003 Sep 62004 Jun 16 to 2004 Nov 52005 Jun 17 to 2005 Oct 102006 Jun 16 to 2006 Oct 112007 Jun 14 to 2007 Oct 122008 Jun 17 to 2008 Nov 102009 Jun 11 to 2009 Oct 142010 Jun 18 to 2010 Nov 12011 Jun 28 to 2011 Jul 182012 Jun 4 to 2012 Oct 242013 Jun 6 to 2013 Oct 32014 Jun 5 to 2014 Jul 52015 Jun 15 to 2015 Aug 3
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