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Herbsaceous Plants

Arabic Name

شوك الجمل

Latin Name

Echinops spinosissimus , Asteraceae

English Name

Globe Thistle

This species of Echinops is also known as Desert Thistle. It is to be found throughout the Mediterranean, Middle East and on the Arabian peninsula, and is often seen in Arriyadh and the surrounding region. Like E. hussoni, it is a perennial, but a higher species growing up to 90 or 100 cm. The difference also lies in the flowers. ‘Spinosissimus’ indicates the shape of the long spines which protrude from the globed bloom. The spiny leaves are also much denser and pointed, in contrast to other Globe Thistles. Propagation is by seed. A very undemanding plant, it is useful for planting in desert conditions and extensive landscapes, where it can provide relatively dense cover on stony ground and is attractive in all seasons.

General information

Family Name : Asteraceae
Origin: Mediterranean
Rainfall: Semi Arid , Extremely Arid , Very Arid
Propagation: Direct Sowing , Sowing and Pricking Out
Maintenance: Low
Planting Phase: Perennial

Environmental conditions

Urban Climate: Resistant
Desiccation: Resistant
Drought: Vulnerable
Irrigation: None
Salinity: Low < 1,000 ppm
Hardiness Zones: -12°C

Plant shape

Height: From 0.7 To 1 M
Expansion: From 0.4 To 0.6 M
Foliage: Deciduous

Flower

Colour: White , Blue Pastel
Size: 6 CM
Flowering Period: From Early September Till Late November

Fruit

Type Of Fruit: Achene
Size: 1.2 CM

Location of Use :

Pedestrian Precinct , Street Neighbour Planting , Open Country , Rock Garden , Massed Planting , Hillside Planting , Hillside Stabilization , Park Planting , Steppe Garden , Roof Garden , Urban Area , Wadi Plant , Rowda Plant

Other choices :

Environmental Consolidation , Attractive to Birds , Attractive to Bees , Nativ in Riyadh , Colonisers

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