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Common Name: Caltrop
Tribulus terrestris is a Annual/Biennial up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Europe - N. France and eastwards to E. Asia.
Dry open habitats, often as a weed in Europe[
]. Sandy seashores in Japan[
We have very little information on this species and are not sure how successful it will be in Britain. There are conflicting reports on its hardiness - according to one report it is native to N. France which should make it hardy in Britain[
] whilst another report says that it is only hardy in zone 10 which means that it is not frost tolerant[
]. We would suggest treating it as a frost tender annual and then experimenting with its hardiness. It is likely to require a well-drained dry to moist soil and is also likely to be tolerant of maritime exposure.
The plant is very fast growing from seed[
A good bee plant[
Leaves and young shoots - cooked[
]. A nutritional analysis is available[
Fruit - cooked. The unexpanded seed capsules are ground into a powder and made into a bread[
]. A famine food, it is only used when all else fails[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frost.