Genus: Globe thistle

Echinops

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Courtesy of Bluestone Perennials
Globe thistle (Echinops)
EK-in-nops
Asteraceae
Globe thistles have spiny foliage that is often grayish-green and woolly. The plants do well in a wide range of garden sites, from a wild garden to a cottage garden. The flowers are suitable for fresh cutting or drying. 
Noteworthy characteristics:  The genus is grown for its unique spherical flowerheads in shades of blue, white, or green. The terminal flowers add charm of form and texture in a mixed border.
Care:  Prefers poor, well-drained soil in full sun, but will tolerate a range of soils and partial shade. Deadhead to prevent self-sowing.
Propagation: 

Sow seed in mid-spring; divide in fall or spring.

Problems: 

Aphids.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Echinops

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Small globe thistle
Echinops ritro