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Posted: 01-Feb-2004, 12:22 AM
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hey guys i have a question, i was wondering if any of u guys know do any of u guys know where can i find a Thistle??? i need to buy one, i mean not the flower, the plant instead, ???? any suggestions??????????? THNK!!!!!!! bubbye
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Depending on where you live in the US, you can find thistle growing on the side of the road. Wait until the head is full of thistledown, and take some and plant it. Other people might be able to tell you where to get it now, instead of waiting until summer.

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If you do any festivals you can frequently find Thistle there. If you want it to grow go to a local garden shop and ask them for help too. It is a wild flower so It may not be too difficult to find/get to grow depending on where you live ane the climate.
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hmm... well, I sort of thought they grow all over the world (curses her tiny euro view) ... they are not predominantly scottish. In Germany they are actually seen as a weed =/


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They are seen as a weed in Scottish gardens, too, AD - even if they ARE our national flower!

The big, ornamental thisles are the one that we grow as our national symbol. Next time you are in Princes Street Gardens during the summer, have a look at the bed to the left of the florral clock.... They grow to a HUGE size in there!

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Posted: 01-Feb-2004, 10:28 AM
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Weeds here in the US as well. But oh so pretty weeds. wink.gif
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I like them.. they have always been my favourite weed smile.gif I've seen the ornamental ones... I remember that I was thinking how they keep them from spreading everywhere biggrin.gif
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AD - I keep them in the back of one of my long herbaceous borders which is in front of an old stone wall.... I keep them under control by planting them deeply - in large pots which restrict their roots, but allow them to look like they are planted in the earth of the border! They grow big - but not too big.... I then selectively 'weed' out the seedlings, to put in small pots for future use!
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well, I'm still in planning my garden this year (first time I had one). One patch is definitly going to be reserved for kitchen herbs...
We have a small patch which is surrounded by concrete slabs on the way to our door in which we considered planting an ornamental thistle.
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hey guys thanks a lot to all of u!!!!! i guess ill find out where to buy on and plant it in my garden smile.gif but i dont know where to buy seeds or the plant sad.gif so ill keep looking. thnks! bye
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Go to a garden centre or nursery and ask! That's what most people do when trying to find new species!

I know that some US online garden centres sell them - cos I've a vague recollection of someone asking this question on another site I visit.... The Latin name for the plant is onopordun acanthium But why don't you just key in a search with the key words Scottish Thistle/USA/seeds and see what it sites it recommends.... maybe one of them will be based in your area.
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That's a good idea, Cat!
Also, some where in THE PUB, the thread ' green thumbs', I posted a site that sells thistle seed. It's near the beginning to middle of the thread...... I can't recall the site right off......


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I found the link for you... Pg 14 of "green thumbs' thread

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http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Ast...um_vulgare.html

I hope this helps..

One of the best ways I find to get wild things in the garden,
is birdfeeders...

I have Mexican Sunflowers, and a great low acid yellow tomato..
Thanks to my feathered friends..

Good luck.. I put in a good bit of Heather last year..
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Scientific Name: Onopordon acanthium
Common Name: Thistle, Scotch
Other Common Names: OtherThistle, Scotch
Plant Type: Biennial
Where To Plant: Full Sun to Partly Shady
Soil Types: Average
Zones: 8-Apr
Germination: Easy
Number of Seeds Per Pack: 50
Uses: Medicinal
Notes: Juice of the plant has been used as a anticancer.

?The rose amongst the thorns.?

Scotch thistle is sold as an ornamental plant. It has reportedly been used to treat cancers and ulcers and to diminish discharges of mucous membranes. The receptacle was eaten in earlier times like an artichoke. The cottony hairs on the stem have been occasionally collected to stuff pillows. Oil for Scotch thistle seeds has been used in Europe for burning and cooking.

Price: $2.25/pkt of seeds

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