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Echinops sphaerocephalus L.
Coefficient of Conservatism: *
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Ad P-Forb

A native of Eurasia, grown as a garden ornamental and occasionally a conspicuous escape from cultivation to roadsides and disturbed places, including abandoned railroads, filled land, grassy sites. First collected in 1896 in Kent Co.

The corollas, bracts, and anthers all contribute a decidedly bluish look to the large spherical heads, which may be 3–5 cm in diameter.


Berrien County
Cass County
Emmet County
Kalamazoo County
Kent County
Lapeer County
Leelanau County
Oakland County


MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. January 30, 2023.