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Riyadh Plants

Herbsaceous Plants

Arabic Name

شوك الجمل

Latin Name

Echinops spinosissimus , Asteraceae

English Name

Globe Thistle

شوك الجمل

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.

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General information

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

Environmental conditions

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

Plant shape

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

Flower

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

Fruit

Achene Type Of Fruit: Achene
Size 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