Thistles

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MikeHardman

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Thistles
« on: September 26, 2011, 09:37:57 PM »
Carlina pygmaea (red thistle) is one of those plants that you forget for most of the year, or at least I do.
...Until it gently says hello to the observant walker from its pathside haunts at this time of the year.
I have no desire to have it in my garden, but I appreciate it in its natural haunts.
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The Cypriot

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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2011, 08:38:08 PM »
Reasonably common impressive thistle - ? Carlina involucrata - in Cyprus
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David Bracey

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Re: Carlina involucrata
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2011, 08:29:13 PM »
This is an impressive "weed" which usually arrives in mid- late summer when there is not much else around.  I`m surprised that it has not yet been commercialised by some pepiniere.
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John

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Re: Carlina involucrata
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2011, 11:06:57 PM »
I don't think that this is correctly identified as I think that it is Scolymus hispanicus. Common name "Spanish Oyster" which is usually a biennial and very tasty!
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Fleur Pavlidis

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Re: Carlina involucrata
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2011, 10:29:36 AM »
I agree with John. I have this in my garden growing wild and I leave it alone but it's very spiny and not really what I'd want in a flower bed, David.
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