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Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    3 3 4 4b 5 5b 6 6b 7 7b 8 8b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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    An unusual flower for the summer garden, these blue thistle-like blooms add a unique texture. If cut back after blooming, they will send up new flowers. They make excellent dried and cut flowers.

    Latin Name

    Echinops ritro



    Type of Plant

    Perennials Perennials

    Bloom Season

    July - September


    Summer Summer


    Max height Max Height: 4'
    Max spread Max Spread: 2.5'


  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Drought
  • Dry Soil
  • Rabbit
  • Shallow-Rocky Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies Butterflies


    Native Range

    Southeastern Europe


    John Custis of Williamsburg received globe [thistle] from his friend Peter Collinson in 1738.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

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