Globe Thistle, originating from Europe and West Asia, is a well-behaved perennial for the border, despite its name. Plants form a bushy, upright mound of thistly-looking, grey-green leaves, bearing stems of ball-shaped flowers through the summer. This selection features large, rounded white flowers that contrast beautifully with the sturdy, reddish stems and silvery-green leaves. Excellent for cutting fresh or drying. Attractive to butterflies. Globe Thistle should be divided every 3 to 4 years, in early spring. Plants may be trimmed to the ground in late fall, or left for winter interest. In areas with wet soil in winter, better success may come from growing these in a raised bed.