Scientific NameEchinops exaltatus
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Upright, sometimes to 7' tall, and branching. Grows from a rosette around a central taproot.
Basal leaves form a rosette, while upper leaves clasp around the stem in an alternate arrangement. Leaf undersides especially can have woolly hairs. Leaves can be oval to pinnately lobed.
This species' unique, spherical flower is its most striking characteristic, which is normally present in late summer. It is typically the largest of the globethistles.
Flower Seed Head
The bluish or purplish flower is solitary and has an almost perfectly spherical shape. It can reach about 2 inches in diameter and is composed of many florets, each with 5 long, slender petals
Cylindrical, hairy achenes are less than 1/4 " in length and typically have a crown-shaped pappus with numerous, short scales.
Native to Europe, but found in many cooler parts of North America. Mostly present in roadsides, pastures, and waterways.
upright and nonwoody
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
Stem Cross Section
round or oval