Echinops tournefortii is a spiny, erect, herbaceous perennial plant with a stem that branches towards the top; it can grow 40 -100cm tall[
Research has shown that the plant has potential for use as an antioxidant[
]. It is grown as an ornamental in gardens.
W. Asia - eastern Turkey, Armenia, western Iran
In the upper belt of the steppe zone; at elevations from 2,000 - 2,500 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Succeeds in a sunny position in any well drained soil of low or medium fertility[
]. Most species in this genus thrive in hot, dry soils[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
The plant contains polyphenols It is an effective antioxidant, working best when extracted in water or methanol[
Seed - sow early spring in a cold frame[
]. The seed usually germinates in 3 - 9 weeks at 25°c[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
The seed can also be sown in an outdoor seedbed in mid spring and is then planted out into its permanent position in late summer or the autumn[
Division in autumn[
Root cuttings in the winter[