Echinops (Globe Thistle)

Echinops is a genus that contains about 150 species of flowering plants native to Europe, Asia and northern Africa. The genus belongs to the Asteraceae family, one of the largest plant families.
Echinops are well known and recognizable for their globular crown of deep blue flowers and spiny, woolly foliage that is often gray-green. It is useful ground-cover plant, an excellent cut flower and a good choice for the border, capable of attracting any pollinators around.

Name meaning

The genus name is derived from the Greek words “ekhinos” (hedgehog) and “opisis” (head), which refers to the flowers head that looks a bit like a hedgehog.

Echinops symbolism

Echinops means independence and nobility.

Interesting facts about Echinops

Be careful, These Plants Have Spines

Echinops has sharp spines so it’s recommended to use gloves when handling this plant. The spines are long and sharp in some species so be careful!

Benefits and Uses

Due to the fact that roots are anti-inflammatory and galactogogue, the plant has been used in medicine throughout the history in the treatment of distension of the breast, mastitis and lack of milk in nursing mothers.

Echinops Plant Data