Carlina acanthifolia All.
Carlina acanthifolia is a perennial.
Carlina acanthifolia was described by Carlo Allioni in 1785. The name is considered as validly published.
Carlina acanthifolia is a species in the genus Carlina which contains approximately 54 to 75 species and belongs to the family of the Asteraceae (Aster Family). The type species of the genus is Carlina vulgaris.
The perennials reach heights of 5 to 10 centimetres.
Carlina acanthifolia is deciduous. The glaucous, simple leaves are in rosettes. They are lanceolate with pinnatipartite margins. The leaves are around 5 centimetres large.
Flowers and Fruits
Carlina acanthifolia produces solitary erect, light yellow many-stellate flowers from July to September.
The perennials produce achenes.
Carlina acanthifolia is native to the Iberian Peninsula, France, the Apennine Peninsula, the Balkan Peninsula, Poland and eastern Central Europe.
The perennials prefer a sunny situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be gritty-sandy soil with a pH between 8 and 10. They tolerate temperatures down to -18Â°C (USDA zone 7).
Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber
Carlina acanthifolia is considered a collector's perennial. The recommended planting distance is 40 to 50 centimetres, the perennials are best planted in groups of 3 to 5. Suited for moorland gardens, rockeries and for beds and borders, as well as suited as container plant and as specimen plant.
Maintenance and Propagation
- The plants develop best if they are left to grow undisturbed.
Propagate by sowing.
Pests and Diseases
- Walter Erhardt, Erich GÃ¶tz, Nils BÃ¶deker, Siegmund Seybold: Der groÃe Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
- Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.