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Onopordum illyricum - L.

Common Name Cotton Thistle, Illyrian cottonthistle
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Sunny and well-drained habitats.
Range S. Europe.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Onopordum illyricum Cotton Thistle, Illyrian cottonthistle


Onopordum illyricum Cotton Thistle, Illyrian cottonthistle

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Onopordum illyricum is a BIENNIAL growing to 1.3 m (4ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from Jul to September, and the seeds ripen from Aug to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, self.The plant is self-fertile.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers.
Edible Uses:

Flower buds - cooked. Used as a globe artichoke (Cynara scolymus) substitute[183], though they are even more fiddly than that plant[K].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Succeeds in almost any ordinary garden soil. Requires a well-drained soil in full sun. Prefers a slightly alkaline soil. Plants are hardy to about -15°c. Often self-sows, sometimes to the point of nuisance, though the seedlings can easily be hoed out and can also be transplanted if they are moved whilst still small[200]. The flowers are very attractive to bees.

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ[200]. The seed can also be sown in situ in autumn[200]. If the seed is in short supply then it can be sown in a pot in the greenhouse in the spring. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Onopordum acanthiumScotch Thistle, Scotch cottonthistle21

 

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