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Echinops adenocaulos
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Carduoideae
Tribe: Cardueae
Subtribe: Echinopsinae
Genus: Echinops

About 120 species, see text

Echinops /ˈɛkɪnɒps/[1] is a genus of about 120 species of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae, commonly known as globe thistles. They have spiny foliage and produce blue or white spherical flower heads. They are native to Europe, east to central Asia, and south to the mountains of tropical Africa.[2] Globe thistle is the host plant of weevil Larinus vulpes.[3]


Species include:



  1. ^ Sunset Western Garden Book, 1995:606–607
  2. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 978-1405332965.
  3. ^ Skuhrovec, J., Volovnik, S. & Gosik, R. Description of the immature stages of Larinus vulpes (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Lixinae) and notes on its biology. Zookeys, 2017, № 679, pp. 107—137 —