Echinops ritro

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Echinops ritro
Echinops July 2011-1.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): eoin
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Cynareae
Genus: Echinops
Species: E. ritro
Binomial name
Echinops ritro
Various butterflies and day-flying moths (Zygaena filipendulae) on a flower of Echinops ritro subsp. ruthenicus, in the Juliana Alpine Botanical Garden, Trenta, Bovec, Slovenia

Echinops ritro (southern globethistle) is a species of flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to southern central and southeastern Europe, and western Asia. It is a compact, bushy herbaceous perennial thistle, growing to 60 cm (24 in) tall, with broad prickly leaves and bearing globes of steel-blue flowers 2.5 cm - 4.5 cm in diameter, in late summer.[1]

This plant[2] and the subspecies E. ritro subsp. ruthenicus[3] have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.


  1. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  2. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Echinops ritro". Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Echinops ritro subsp. ruthenicus". Retrieved 17 July 2013.