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Carline Thistle

Carlina vulgaris

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.
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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
60 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Cliffs, farmland, grassland, heathland, sand dunes, seaside, wasteland.

Flower:
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Yellow, many petals
 
Solitary yellowish brown with ray-like pale yellow inner bracts, folding over in wet weather conditions. The leaf-like outer bracts are spiny.
Fruit:
A brown, hairy achene, 5mm long, with feathery hairs at the end.
Leaves:
Prickly leaves. The lower leaves are cottony. The leaves are arranged alternately along the stems. The lower leaves are stalked.
Other Names:
Common Carline Thistle, Weather Thistle.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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