Echinops Ritro – Ruthenicus or also called Ruthenian Globe Thistle is from the Asteraceae family of plants. Echinops Ritro – Ruthenicus is a herbaceous perennial with thistle like leaves, it blooms in late summer with blue violet globe shaped flowers and has Thistle like leaves that are whitish underneath. Plant it in the sun in well-drained soil. You need to deadhead it otherwise it will self-seed. You can propagate through seeds. It is grown in borders or informal gardens. It grows to about 1 meter height.