Herb: Carline Thistle
Latin name: Carlina vulgaris
Medicinal use of Carline Thistle:The roots and leaves are diaphoretic and purgative.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Poor soils on dry banks and pastures, especially on chalk.
Edible parts of Carline Thistle:Flowering head - cooked. Used as a globe artichoke substitute, though they are considerably smaller and even more fiddly.
Other uses of the herb: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.
Propagation of Carline Thistle: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.
Cultivation of the herb:Poor soils on dry banks and pastures, especially on chalk.
Known hazards of Carlina vulgaris:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.