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Eryngium or thistle-ium?

BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,274
Or something else-ium? I didn’t plant this but there is a clump of eryngium about 10 yards away and only planted last season. It’s about 3’ tall. Thanks for any help. Whatever it is it’s probably going once it stops raining.

Rutland, England


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,797
    Echinops aka globe thistle?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,274
    Quite possibly, thanks Dove, but I have not had those in the garden for about 5 years. 
    Rutland, England
  • PerkiPerki Posts: 2,366
    I agree with dove echinops
  • SheleenSheleen Posts: 51
    I grow eryngium in pots... and have noticed in the last few weeks that I now have several thistles like in your photograph, growing near to the pot. I have never had thistles before in the garden. Just a strange coincidence? :)
  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,323
    Me three, do you remember what kind?
    With perennial, annual, and biennial it could be.
    They grow from bits of roots, or with a biennial you could have turned the soil and its germinated and you missed it last year and its romped away this.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,119
    I grew echinops in my last garden and they self_seeded freely.  Have to be careful as the flowers of the offspring are usually a paler, more grey tone of blue than the original.   Bees and ther pollinators still love them tho.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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