Globe Thistle & Ladybird

Globe thistle and ladybird in the garden at Tynemouth Priory

Echinops /ˈɛkɪnɒps/ is a genus of about 120 species of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae, commonly known as globe thistles. They have spiny foliage and produce blue or white spherical flower heads. They are native to Europe, east to central Asia, and south to the mountains of tropical Africa. Globe thistle is the host plant of weevil Larinus vulpes.