Carline thistle, BIC proof - Single Coin

Single Coin
GBP £34.09
(item in basket)
Technical details
  • 25.01.2018
  • Jenny Leibundgut, Bern
  • Eidgenossische Munzstatte Swissmint
  • Cupronickel + Aluminium Bronze
  • 15 g
  • Diameter: 33 mm
  • 10 Swiss francs
About Carline thistle, BIC proof

Stemless carline thistle FLORA ALPINA series

The stemless carline thistle (carlina acaulis) is a type of thistle belonging to the Asteraceae family. The hardy, herbaceous plant has virtually no stem. Depending on location, it can grow to 40cm in height. The spiny, pinnatilobate leaves grown in a basal rosette. The underside of the leaves is bald to cobweb-like. The stemless carline thistle is common in Europe but is treated and protected as an endangered species in many countries. It prefers chalky soils and sparse pastures or lightly wooded areas at altitudes between 800 and 2,600m. Its flowering time is between July and October.

The stemless carline thistle has a deep-reaching, poisonous taproot, which was previously used to cure many illnesses and was also endorsed in veterinary medicine. The root is even said to have magical powers. Hanging the carline thistle's root around your neck is supposed to help against lumbago. Believing this to be true is known to be half the battle. In some regions, people would eat the young, fleshy receptacles, similar to artichokes. As early as in the Stone Age, the root was cooked and eaten as a winter vegetable.

The stemless carline thistle is also known as the weather thistle. In the past, they were nailed on doors where they acted as natural weather stations. If an area of high pressure was on its way, the flowers would open and when the weather was moist, they would close again.