Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Globe Thistle
Echinops ritro

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The root is anti-inflammatory and galactogogue[176]. It is used in the treatment of breast abscesses with inflammation, mastitis, lack of milk in nursing mothers and distension of the breast[176].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow early spring in a cold frame[111]. The seed usually germinates in 3 – 9 weeks at 25¡c[175]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. The seed can also be sown in an outdoor seedbed in mid spring and is then planted out into its permanent position in late summer or the autumn[111]. Division in autumn[111]. Root cuttings in the winter[200].
Succeeds in a sunny position in any well drained soil of low or medium fertility[200]. Established plants are drought tolerant[190]. There are a number of named varieties, selected for their ornamental value[200]. The flowers are often used for dried flower displays[200]. If all the flowers are removed early in the season, the plant will often produce a second flush of bloom later in the summer[200].
Central and Eastern Europe to Central Asia.

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