Herb: Carline Thistle


Latin name: Carlina vulgaris


Family: Compositae



Medicinal use of Carline Thistle:

The roots and leaves are diaphoretic and purgative.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Biennial


Height:
45 cm
(1 foot)

Flovering:
July to
October

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 15C. 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.