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Carlina acanthifolia is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Stony places, pastures and rocks[
] on poor soils[
] in mountainous areas[
|Pollinators||Bees, Lepidoptera, Self
Succeeds in a sunny position in ordinary garden soil[
]. Prefers an alkaline soil[
]. Prefers a poor soil[
Plants are hardy to about -15°c[
A very ornamental plant[
This species resents root disturbance, it should be planted into its final position as soon as possible[
Flowering head - cooked. Used as a globe artichoke substitute[
], though they are considerably smaller and even more fiddly[
Seed - surface sow in a cold frame in the spring. The seed usually germinates in 4 - 8 weeks at 15°c[
]. 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.
Division in spring[
]. Difficult to do successfully because the plant resents root disturbance[