It’s best to plant Echinops in a sunny location and rich, well-drained soil. It is not tolerant of frost and should be planted in spring or autumn. The seeds should be sown in seed trays in a well-drained growing medium, covered lightly with compost. Make a small hole with a dibber, sprinkle the seed into the hole, then cover with more compost. Water the seeds gently and keep moist until they germinate.
Echinops is a genus of about 35 species of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe and North Africa. Most are called globe thistles because of their flower heads, which are roughly spherical with prickly stems.