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Cicerbita alpina

Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany

B and T World Seeds' Botanical Glossary

B and T World Seeds' reference number: 66287

The average, annual, minimum temperature zone where Cicerbita alpina is cold hardy
USDA Zone:4 -30° to -20°F   (-34.5° to -29°C)
Type of plant - perennial
Flower or inflorescence: PURPLE-GREEN - BLUE, to 2.5cm.
Foliage: to 25x12cm., lanceo., toothed
Height, in meters: 2.5
Height, in feet: 8.25
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Synonyms (alternative names) for Cicerbita alpina:
Lactuca alpina, Lactuca spicata, Sonchus alpinus, Sonchus spicatus, 

Common names for Cicerbita alpina:

Alpenmilchlattich,  Blue Sow Thistle,  Cicerbita des alpes,  Laitue des alpes,  Mountain Sow Thistle,  Tall Blue-Lettuce, 


Cicerbita alpina is included in the following
B and T World Seeds flowering plant categories.

43:   Herbaceous Border Plant Seed List
77:   Central European Native and Introduced Plants
101:   North West European Native Plant Seed List
138:   Arctic Native Plant Seed List
185:   Plant Species whose germination is improved by Smoke
"Smoke" contains a butenolide compound produced by certain plants when heated, it speeds up or starts the germination of seeds from many different genera.
246:  Asteraceae
708:  Compositae


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Germination guide for Cicerbita alpina

These notes are a general guide, it is recommended to check specialist literature for some of the more unusual seeds in our lists.
Seed Germination Theory and Practice by Professor Norman C. Deno
Some knowledge about growing from seed is necessary to germinate even the easiest seeds. Most seeds require humidity to germinate, even desert plants like Welwitschia mirabilis require that their growing medium remains moist until germination.

Most seeds require oxygen to germinate, if buried too deep in their growing medium, or if the medium is too wet, the seeds may not get the oxygen they require.
Some seeds need to be in the light (surface sown) or in the dark (sown deep enough to receive little or no light) to germinate. A rule of thumb is to cover the seeds their own width deep in the growing medium, but some seeds prefer to be sown much deeper, and some fairly large seeds like to be surface sown (or higher).
Many seeds germinate best at certain temperatures, some will germinate at a comparatively wide range of temperatures, yet others need fluctuating temperatures.
Almost all seeds are waiting in a dormant state for some outside stimulus to break their dormancy, some just need sufficiently high ambiant humidity, others need scarification, vernalization or to be passed through the intestines of an animal.

Cicerbita alpina seeds will usually germinate in 5 to 25 days.
Sow Cicerbita alpina seeds about 2mm deep in a well drained, moisture retentive, and slightly acidic seed sowing mix at about 18-22°C.

Outdoor Treatment, in temperate regions, can give Cicerbita alpina seeds exactly the sequence of cold and damp and warm conditions needed to encourage germination. Check your weather conditions to see whether they may be appropriate. Shady sheltered conditions are recommended (to keep humidity and temperature regular) in a free draining, but water retentive medium - this can be in pots in a cold frame, where they can be easily protected from weeds and animals.

Outdoor treatment, cold stratification is recommended. Endemic to European mountains, in warm, humid, partly shaded sites, with good drainage; sandy soil near streams.


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