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Common Name: Distaff Thistle
Carthamnus lanatus is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
S. Europe. A casual in Britain[
Amongst rocks, in dry hills and uncultivated ground[
Succeeds in ordinary garden soil[
]. Requires a position in full sun[
This species is a potentially serious pest plant in N. America[
An edible oil is obtained from the seed[
The plant is anthelmintic, diaphoretic and febrifuge[
An oil is obtained from the seed[
], though the report gives no more details[
Seed - sow spring in gentle heat in a greenhouse. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 4 weeks at 15°c[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer.
The seed can also be sown in situ in mid spring[
] but plants may not then mature their seed.