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Carlina vulgaris - L.

Common Name Carline Thistle
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Poor soils[200] on dry banks and pastures[4], especially on chalk[13, 17].
Range Europe, including Britain, north to 60° N., east to Siberia, Caucasus and W. Asia.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Carlina vulgaris Carline Thistle


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Carlina vulgaris is a BIENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from July to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, Lepidoptera (Moths & Butterflies). The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers
Edible Uses:

Flowering head - cooked. Used as a globe artichoke substitute[2, 105, 177, 183], though they are considerably smaller and even more fiddly[K].

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Medicinal Uses

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Diaphoretic  Purgative

The roots and leaves are diaphoretic and purgative[4].

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Other Uses

Weather forecasting

The flower heads expand in dry weather and close in moist weather. The dried flowers will continue to do this for a long time and they thus form a basic hygrometer for use in weather forecasting[4].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in a sunny position in ordinary garden soil[1]. Prefers an alkaline soil[138]. Prefers a poor soil[4, 200]. Plants are hardy to about -15°c[200]. The presence of this species in a meadow usually indicates a poor sandy soil[4]. This species resents root disturbance, it should be planted into its final position as soon as possible[138].

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Propagation

Seed - surface sow in a cold frame in the spring. The seed usually germinates in 4 - 8 weeks at 15°c[138]. As soon as they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Carlina acanthifolia Perennial0.6 4-8  LMHNDM10 
Carlina acaulisStemless Carline ThistleBiennial/Perennial0.2 4-8  LMHNDM22 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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