(also carline thistle)
A thistlelike European plant with flower heads that bear shiny persistent straw-colored bracts.
- Genus Carlina, family Compositae: several species, in particular C. vulgaris
- In France and Germany names meaning ‘wild artichoke’ are given to various thistles with edible heads, including the smooth carline thistle, Carlina acaulis, and milk thistle, Silybum marianum.
- Time was, carline thistles were used as country barometers because the flowers expand in dry weather and contract when it is damp.
- A thistle that hugs the ground and provides delightful, lasting dried flowers for winter is the stemless Carline Thistle (Carlina acaulis).
Entry from British & World English dictionary