This dwarf globe thistle grows to just 16 inches tall with nicely dissected, thistle-like foliage and green buds that gradually transform to blue as the star-shaped flowers open from the tops of the sphere to the bottom. A great bee and butterfly magnet.
Europe and Western Russia
North Central and Eastern Asia
Asia - China and Japan
Dry grassy or stony fields and pastures. Gravely places on mountain slopes at elevations of 200-2400m (in Tibet).