Carlina vulgaris – Carline Thistle

Carline thistle is a short, stiff and exceptionally spiny plant with a brownish yellow flower–head surrounded by straw coloured, petal like bracts. Although they flower from mid summer to early autumn the dead flowers retain the same appearance and can often be found well into the winter.

Type Seeds per gram Origin Ordering
Grassland Perennial 750 Oxfordshire Currently unavailable


Habitat Information
Carline thistle is a native monocarpic perennial (the plant dies after flowering) of well-grazed, dry, infertile and calcareous or base-rich soils. Its flowers are pollinated by bees, butterflies and moths or it can self-fertilise if needs be. The resulting seeds are distributed by the wind and need a short and open sward if they are to establish successfully.

Growing Information
The seed is capable of immediate germination, however, in the wild it germinates in late summer or early spring and so an autumn or early spring sow might be best.


Species currently unavailable or of restricted availability

Sorry, this species is currently unavailable to order as a single item as we have no stock. For more information please see availability note above.


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