Great globe thistle,Oursin à têtes rondes, Przegorzan kulisty, Drüsenblättrige Kugeldistel, Kogeldistel (Echinops sphaerocephalus)

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Erik van den Ham on September 4, 2011

Great globe thistle,Oursin à têtes rondes, Przegorzan kulisty, Drüsenblättrige Kugeldistel, Kogeldistel (Echinops sphaerocephalus)


The genus name derives from the Greek words "ekhinos" meaning "hedgehog" and "opisis" meaning "aspect", with reference to the appearence of the inflorescence, while the species name sphaerocephalus derives from the words "sphaera" meaning "round" and "kephalos" meaning head.


This is a glandular, woolly perennial herbaceous plant which reaches on average 50–100 centimetres (20–39 in) of height, with a maximum of two metres. Its erect, branching, gray, slightly wrinkled and hairy stems bear the occasional large, soft, sharply toothed, sharp-lobed pointed green leaves. They are sticky hairy above, and white woolly below.

Atop each stem is an almost perfectly spherical inflorescence up to 6 cm in diameter, packed with white or blue-gray disc florets. It flowers from June until September.

The flowers are pollinated by insects (usually bees, wasps and butterflies) (entomogamy) and are hermaphrodite (self fertilization or autogamy). The fruits are hairy cylindrical achenes about 7 to 8 mm long. They ripe from September through October. The seed dispersal is granted by wind (anemochory).


This species is native to Eurasia but it lives on other continents where it was introduced, including North America where it is a widespread weed. It is very common in the mountains of southern France and southern and central Europe.


It grows in sunny, rocky or brushy places, with more or less rich in minerals soils, at an altitude of 0–400 metres (0–1,300 ft) above sea level.

bdeh on September 4, 2011

Prima macro Erik. Groeten Berend

els f-two on September 4, 2011

pracht van een macro..!een andere kijk op de kogeldistel.. LIKE

Chris10 © on September 4, 2011

Super mooi al die verschillende kleurschakeringen paars/rose/blauw *Erik. Het vloeit allemaal zo mooi in elkaar over...

Alina Sbitneva on September 4, 2011

Wonderful! LIKE Alina

Polifemo ( * ) on September 4, 2011

...el detalle de un fino tejido!!!

Nadia Kushnir on September 4, 2011


Erik van den Ham on September 5, 2011

Hallo Berend, Els, Chris10 en Jac en Willy so in close up krijg je een heel ander beeld van deze kogel. Ze zijn zo mooi symmetrisch opgebouwd met die fraaie sterbloemetjes. Heel erg dank voor jullie Likes.

Hello Alina,Carlos and Nadia thank you all for the kind words and appriciation, sometimes beauty is hiding somewhere is this huge world Waiting to be dizcovered.

Groeten, Regards, Erik

Veljko Nikolic on September 5, 2011

Wonderful macro...L5 Greetings from Serbia, Veljko

© wfmw on September 5, 2011

Sfeervolle mooie macro Erik.

Vr. gr. Willy

CARMEN - BRASIL on September 6, 2011

Bela macro, muito delicada, gostei. LK e Add. Saudações do Brasil. Carmen

Suzi in Oregon on September 7, 2011

Love the colors, Erik - Purple Haze or Blue Velvet, maybe - too prosaic? (O:

Isaie D on September 7, 2011

Prachtige pastelkleuren en mooie foto Erik.

Groetjes, Dani

Erik van den Ham on September 8, 2011

Hello Veljko thank you so much for the kind comment.

Fijn om te horen Willy!

Muito obrigado pelos comentários tipo legal cARMEN. Saudações da Holanda.

So fine you love this cool colors Suzi and better too prosaic as Prozac!

Hallo Dani erg leuk dat je even een kijkje kwam nemen hier. Deze prachtige kogeltjes zijn echte wondertjes zo van dichtbij.

Greetings, Groeten, Erik

Veljko Nikolic on September 8, 2011

I visited once this photo, dear Erik, but I'll be back again, because I'm admired with this photo.....So nice, relaxing, and color balanced.....Than you Erik. I bad mood, I just back to this calming effect on me.... Greetings, Veljko

AnneliesMacro&More on September 14, 2011

Prachtig scherpteverloop, Erik! Ook de kleuren zijn bijzonder mooi. Ik heb nu 3 kogeldistels in de tuin die nog groen zijn, zouden die nog gaan bloeien denk je?

groeten, Annelies

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