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Carline Thistle

Carlina vulgaris

Plant Data

Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
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.
Maximum Size:
60cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The flower heads can be cooked and eaten in a similar way as artichokes. The roots and stems are also edible.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Common Carline Thistle, Weather Thistle.
Habitats:
Cliffs, farmland, grassland, heathland, sand dunes, seaside, wasteland.