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Set B6 - Wild Flowers Series 2 - card information

48. Carline Thistle (Carlina vulgaris L.)

48. Carline Thistle

A Thistle of the chalk and limestone country, and of sand dunes. Its single flower-stem armed with prickly leaves, rises from a rosette of dead leaves - those of the previous year, for this plant is a biennial and flowers in the second year from July to October. Even after the flowering season the flower retains its form, in a dry state, through the Winter. The name is supposed to commemorate Charlemagne who used the plant to cure his army of plague.