Echinops (Globe Thistle) - Key Growing Information

A stand of blossoming Echinops (globe thistle) at Johnny's Research Farm.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 14-21 days at 65-75°F (18-24°C)

SOWING: Transplant (recommended) - Sow into 50-cell flats, or preferred seedling container, 6-8 weeks before planting out. Cover seeds enough to hold them in place, but not too deeply, as some light aids germination. Harden off and transplant outdoors once there is no danger of frost. Direct seed - Sow once the soil temperature has reached at least 65°F. Cover seeds lightly with soil.

LIGHT PREFERENCE: Full sun preferred, tolerates partial shade.


PLANT SPACING: 18-24". Divide after 4-5 years to prevent overcrowding.


HARVEST: Fresh cut or dried - Harvest when 1/2 to 3/4 of the globe has turned blue. Hang to dry. If harvested too late, the globes will shatter.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Average, well-drained soil. Tolerates hot, dry, and poor soils conditions, once established.

USES: Fresh or dried cut flower. Holds color perfectly as a dried flower. Mid-border perennial beds. Loved by bees.

SCIENTIFIC NAMe: Echinops ritro

ALTERNATE NAMES: Globe thistle, southern globethistle