Carline Thistle
Carlina vulgaris

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Carlina (kar-LY-nuh) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)

Category:

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Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

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Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

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Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Provides winter interest

This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

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Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

On Sep 5, 2010, DMersh from Perth
United Kingdom (Zone 7b) wrote:

Small attractive thistle found on open (mostly chalk) grassland, native to Britain and Europe. Grows well on poor soil. Much less common than Spear Thistle and Creeping thistle which it grows alongside though can be abundant locally.
Only reaches about 12-15 inches high at most, dark red stems, flowers are yellow at first darkening to purple/brown with many petal like bracts which makes them appear larger than they are. Later flowering than most thistles, only comes into full bloom in August though individual flowers start opening mid to late July.