Carlina acanthifolia

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Carlina acanthifolia All.

Asteraceae

Life form: perennial

Exposure: sun   7

Moisture: dry bis Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: gritty-sandy

Arrangement: rosette
Leaves: decidious

Shape: lanceolate

Division: simple

Shape: many-stellate
Fruit: achene

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Inflorescence: solitary

Petals: not specified
Habit: erect

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Asteridae
Superordo:
Asteranae
Ordo:
Asterales

Carlina acanthifolia is a perennial.

Naming

Carlina acanthifolia was described by Carlo Allioni in 1785. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

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.

Characteristics

Growth

The perennials reach heights of 5 to 10 centimetres.

Leaves

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.

Root System

Distribution

Carlina acanthifolia is native to the Iberian Peninsula, France, the Apennine Peninsula, the Balkan Peninsula, Poland and eastern Central Europe.

Cultivation

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 -18°C (USDA zone 7).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

  • rockeries

Uses

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.

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große 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.

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