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Carduus crispus - L.

Common Name Welted Thistle, Curly plumeless thistle
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards The root may be slightly toxic[178].
Habitats Waste ground, cultivated fields and roadsides in Japan[58].
Range Europe to Asia. A rare casual in Britain[17].
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Carduus crispus Welted Thistle, Curly plumeless thistle


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Carduus crispus Welted Thistle, Curly plumeless thistle
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Carduus crispus is a BIENNIAL growing to 0.9 m (3ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from May to August, and the seeds ripen from Jul to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, lepidoptera. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves;  Oil.
Edible Uses: Oil.

Young leaves - cooked[105]. An emergency food, used when all else fails[177].

Medicinal Uses



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Alterative;  Anodyne.

The root is alterative and anodyne[178, 218].

Other Uses

Oil.

The seed of all species of thistles yields a good oil by expression[4]. No details of potential yields etc are given[K]. A favorite foodplant of caterpillars of the Painted Lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui).

Cultivation details

Succeeds in a sunny position in ordinary garden soil[1, 200]. This species is closely related to C. acanthoides[17].

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Curly plumeless thistle, welted thistle, Denmark: Kruset tidsel. Sweden: Krustistel.

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Asia, Australia, Britain, Canada, China, Europe, Kazakhstan, Korea, Mongolia, North America, Russia, USA.

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

A noxious weed in several U.S. states, including Arkansas, Iowa, West Virginia.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.

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cripy   Sun Aug 27 2006

i just have a question. is it very rare?

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