Plant Care Globe Thistle

Globe Thistle

About Globe Thistle

Globe Thistle is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Globe Thistle likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Globe Thistle belongs to the echinops genus, and is native to Southern and Central Europe to Russia.


Echinops sphaerocephalus

Also known as

Globe thistle, Glandular globe-thistle, Great globe-thistle and Pale globe-thistle

How to care for Globe Thistle


How often to water your Globe Thistle

Water needs for Globe Thistle
0.5 cups
every 9

Globe Thistle needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Globe Thistle in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Globe Thistle: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Globe Thistle love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Globe Thistle does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Globe Thistle in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Globe Thistle

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Globe Thistle: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Globe Thistle after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Globe Thistle is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Globe Thistle

Globe Thistle

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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