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Common Name: Thistle, Cirsium, Plum Thistle
Botanical Name: Cirsium japonicum (SIR-see-um ja-PON-i-cum)
Decorative Life: 7 days.
Post Harvest Care
- Remove bottom leaves if present, recut stems under water and place into a fresh flower food solution.
- Often very spiny, handle with care.
- Member of the Asteraceae or Compositae (aster or sunflower) family.
- Native to Japan.
- Related species include chrysanthemum, dahlia, zinnia, marigold.
- Globose flower heads with feathery petals occur at stem ends.
- Stems prickly, leafy, 24-36 inches long.
- Plant is an annual, classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
- Flowers are not fragrant.
Availability: Mainly summer-fall, but some species nearly year-round
Flower Color: Red, pink, purple, carmine.
Storage Specifics: 36-41F for a short time.
- Most species in this genus are weeds.
- The Compositae or aster family is vast, with over 20,000 species, and is also one of the most developed families. It was named Compositae because the flowers are actually a "composite" of many individual flowers into one head. Hence, when children pull one "petal" off at a time, saying "she/he loves me, loves me not", they are actually removing a complete flower, not just a petal.
- Suitable for drying.