Pallenis spinosa

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Bolanthus

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Pallenis spinosa
« on: July 04, 2012, 02:32:12 PM »
Wild flowers are the "magical pool" and gardeners first pick out the desired "golden fishes" from this pool. Perhaps some of you would find interesting this thorny annual of the daisy family!




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A lot of interest for the mediterranean flora and for the water wise gardening –but no garden yet. 
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Alisdair

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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2012, 07:14:29 PM »
Super pictures, Bolanthus!
By the way, the Kew taxonomists now reckon that Pallenis spinosa is a synonym of Asteriscus spinosus.
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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2012, 08:17:58 PM »
Yes, I rather like these wildflowers. I had a patch of them come up in our proto-cucumber patch this spring, where I found they made delightful uninvited guests. I had to tell them to push off eventually, as they didn't know when to leave the party -- the new owners were in need of being planted. With a bit of luck, they'll drop by next year, too.
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Geologist by Uni training, IT consultant, Referee for Viola for Botanical Society of the British Isles, commissioned author and photographer on Viola for RHS (Enc. of Perennials, The Garden, The Plantsman).
I garden near Polis, Cyprus, 100m alt., on marl, but have gardened mainly in S.England

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Bolanthus

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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2012, 09:41:50 AM »
Super pictures, Bolanthus!
By the way, the Kew taxonomists now reckon that Pallenis spinosa is a synonym of Asteriscus spinosus.

Thanks Alisdair, I didn't know that :) ...but again what is the problem with the taxonomists?!? They keep moving them arround to razzle dazzle us! There are many cases of species having a dozen or so synonyms. Just to give an example the case of galactites http://data.gbif.org/species/3137579/
Aris Zografidis
A lot of interest for the mediterranean flora and for the water wise gardening –but no garden yet. 
my blog on Greek Flora: ROSA SEMPERVIRENS

David Bracey

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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2012, 08:31:31 PM »
I used to admire the flowers of this plant and wondered why it was never offered by nurserymen.  It does have vicious spines and would not be suitable for many gardens.
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 I have gardened in sub-tropical Florida, maritime UK, continental Europe and the Mediterranean basin, France. Of the 4 I have found that the most difficult climate for gardening is the latter.

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Bolanthus

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« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2012, 09:27:38 PM »
I used to admire the flowers of this plant and wondered why it was never offered by nurserymen.  It does have vicious spines and would not be suitable for many gardens.

Yes indeed, the green bracts are topped by a hard thorn. This decorative star-like arrangement of the bracts remains on the plant even when it is completely dried out in the summer.
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Fleur Pavlidis

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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2012, 10:28:21 PM »
I'm surprised to learn that this is an annual/ biennial. Mine just seem to come up every year in the same place.
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« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2012, 12:29:26 AM »
I'm surprised to learn that this is an annual/ biennial. Mine just seem to come up every year in the same place.

Probably it is reluctant to let its offspring leave the family. Just like a typical Greek family 
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A lot of interest for the mediterranean flora and for the water wise gardening –but no garden yet. 
my blog on Greek Flora: ROSA SEMPERVIRENS