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Common Name: Iberian Star Thistle
Centaurea iberica is a Biennial up to 0.90 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
S.E. Europe to S.W. Asia.
Mountain slopes in Tibet at elevations of 500 - 800 metres[
|Pollinators||Bees, Flies, Lepidoptera, Self
Succeeds in ordinary garden soil[
]. Prefers a well-drained fertile soil and a sunny position[
]. Tolerates dry, low fertility and alkaline soils[
This species is closely related to C. calcitrapa.
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
]. The part used is not specified.
Seed - sow mid spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.