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Common Name: Carline Thistle
Carlina vulgaris is a Biennial up to 0.45 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
Europe, including Britain, north to 60° N., east to Siberia, Caucasus and W. Asia.
] on dry banks and pastures[
], especially on chalk[
|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[
The presence of this species in a meadow usually indicates a poor sandy soil[
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[
The roots and leaves are diaphoretic and purgative[
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[
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.