The Carlina Aucalis (we call it locally the “Silberdistel”) is native to alpine regions in central Europe. When all the other flowers disappear in fall time, the Silberdistel is worth a stop while hiking in higher alpine regions.
The basement of the flowers are eatable (similar like Artichoke). The rhizome has a toxic and antibacterial oil which has been used in the past as animal and human medicine. With collecting the dry flowers (they are protected in some regions!), beautiful ‘dry flower arrangements’ can be created.
Happy Disteling 🙂