Carline Thistle (Carlina vulgaris)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Carline Thistle
Carlina vulgaris

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].

  • Medicinal Use

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

  • Edible Use

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

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

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.
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].
Europe, including Britain, north to 60¡ N., east to Siberia, Caucasus and W. Asia.

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