RBGS FloraAeonium arboreum subsp. holochrysum Broadleaf Sugarbush (Protea eximia) Glandular Globe Thistle (Echinops sphaerocephalus) Grass Tree (Xanthorrhoea media) Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) Koko (Soehrensia formosa) Lavender Queen (Leptospermum rotundifolium) Nepenthes mixta x maxima Orchids Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) Sago Cycad (Cycas revoluta) St Johns Wort (Hypericum oblongifolium) Spider Hibiscus / Japanese Lantern (Hibiscus schizopetalus) Wollemi Pine (Wollemia nobilis)

Glandular Globe Thistle (Echinops sphaerocephalus), is also known as Great Globe-Thistle, Pale Globe-thistle, and the commercial name of Arctic Glow. Echinops sphaerocephalus is an erect herb, that can grow from 0.5 to 1 m high (although they have been known to grow up to 2 m high).

Glandular Globe Thistle (Echinops sphaerocephalus), Royal Botanic Garden Sydney NSW
Glandular Globe Thistle (Echinops sphaerocephalus), Royal Botanic Garden Sydney NSW

A popular flowering plant, being pollinated by insects (usually bees, wasps and butterflies. Seeds are dispersed by wind.

Glandular Globe Thistle (Echinops sphaerocephalus), Royal Botanic Garden Sydney NSW
Glandular Globe Thistle (Echinops sphaerocephalus), Royal Botanic Garden Sydney NSW
Glandular Globe Thistle (Echinops sphaerocephalus), Royal Botanic Garden Sydney NSW
Glandular Globe Thistle (Echinops sphaerocephalus), Royal Botanic Garden Sydney NSW
Glandular Globe Thistle (Echinops sphaerocephalus), Royal Botanic Garden Sydney NSW
Glandular Globe Thistle (Echinops sphaerocephalus), Royal Botanic Garden Sydney NSW
Glandular Globe Thistle (Echinops sphaerocephalus), Royal Botanic Garden Sydney NSW
Glandular Globe Thistle (Echinops sphaerocephalus), Royal Botanic Garden Sydney NSW

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Phylum: Tracheophyta
  • Subphylum: Angiospermae
  • Class: Magnoliopsida
  • Order: Asterales
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Subfamily: Carduoideae
  • Tribe: Cardueae
  • Subtribe: Echinopsidinae
  • Genus: Echinops
  • Species: Echinops sphaerocephalus

Footnote & References

  1. The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/
  2. Glandular Globe Thistle (Echinops sphaerocephalus), iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/76762-Echinops-sphaerocephalus

RBGS FloraAeonium arboreum subsp. holochrysum Broadleaf Sugarbush (Protea eximia) Glandular Globe Thistle (Echinops sphaerocephalus) Grass Tree (Xanthorrhoea media) Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) Koko (Soehrensia formosa) Lavender Queen (Leptospermum rotundifolium) Nepenthes mixta x maxima Orchids Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) Sago Cycad (Cycas revoluta) St Johns Wort (Hypericum oblongifolium) Spider Hibiscus / Japanese Lantern (Hibiscus schizopetalus) Wollemi Pine (Wollemia nobilis)

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