Plumbaginaceae Caryophyllales International Plant Names Index

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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Plumbaginaceae
Genus: Acantholimon

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Acantholimon (prickly thrift) is a genus of small flowering plants within the plumbago or leadwort family, Plumbaginaceae. They are distributed from southeastern Europe to central Asia and also in South America, but also cultivated elsewhere in rock gardens.


The evergreen subshrubs are generally cushion to mat-forming, with densely tufted shoots bearing mostly awl (long, pointed spike) to needle or grass-like, prickle to spine-tipped hard-textured leaves. They have shortish, simple or branched flower stems which can be loose or dense. The summer-borne flowers are composed of a funnel-shaped calyx, usually with a flared membranous margin, and five spreading petals.[1]


There are over 400 species.[2]

Selected species of Acantholimon include:

Acantholimon sp.


  1. ^ "Iris willmottiana". 2001. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Results". (The Plant List). Retrieved 2 June 2015.