Carthamus pinnatus

Carthamus pinnatus

Carthamus pinnatus is a species of plant in the family Asteraceae. It is an endemic plant of North Africa. The thorny leaves set in 2 opposite ranks form a basal rosette. Blooms are arranged in with blue-purple flowerheads. This perennial plant produces achenes.


Common NameCupid’s dart
Botanical nameCarthamus pinnatus
Life CyclePerennial
Basic ColourBlue/ Purple
Height20 -> 90 cm
Habitatmeadows and dry lawns,
scrublands, embankments,
along paths, on poor soils,
stony and calcareous
Altitude1500 -> 1700 m
Bloom TimeMay-July
Plant TypeHerbs, Ornamental,
Fruit TypeAchene
different tolerancesDrought Resistant
Used PartsFlower
Plant UsesMedicinal
Active substancesTell Us
USDA Zone7 (-17), 8 (-12), 9 (-7)
Sun ExposureSun
Soil pHAcidic, Neutral
Soil MoistureDry
Soil Type Stony
Propagationby seeds / by sowing,
Self sows
GerminationTell Us
Pests/ DiseasesOïdium

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