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Cousinia thomsonii - C.B.Clarke.

Common Name
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Stony ground, especially in Ladakh and Lahul, at elevations of 3000 - 4200 metres[51]. Grassland and gravely places in flooded lands at elevations of 3700 - 4300 metres in Tibet[266].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas from Afghanistan to western Nepal and Tibet.
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Weed Potential No
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Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Cousinia thomsonii


Cousinia thomsonii

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Cousinia thomsonii is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.4 m (1ft 6in). It is in flower from July to September, and the seeds ripen from July to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Leaves and spines - eaten when young and tender[145].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

None known

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Propagation

Seed - we have no specific information for this species. It is probably best sown as soon as it is ripe, though it can also probably be sown in the spring. In general, the seed of plants from this family is best sown in pots very near the surface of the soil. Make sure the soil does not dry out, but do not overwater. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and grow them on in pots for their first year before planting them out into their permanent positions in late spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Readers comment

James Ramsay   Sat May 13 2006

Is this the Cousinia regarded in Tajikistan as "an uneatable (by cattle) prickly herb"?

Gerhard Tarmann   Mon Aug 7 2006

I found a Cousinia on the Kuh-e Mirza Arab in eastern Iran close to the boarder of Afghanistan. It is the larval host-plant of an undescribed moth. I am going to describe this moth and I would be very happy if somebody would be able to identify this plant. I do not know how many species this genus has. I have good photos and herbarium specimens but all without flowers. I was too early for flowers. Contatcs with any comments, please, to [email protected].

Gerhard Tarmann   Mon Aug 7 2006

I found a Cousinia on the Kuh-e Mirza Arab in eastern Iran close to the boarder of Afghanistan. It is the larval host-plant of an undescribed moth. I am going to describe this moth and I would be very happy if somebody would be able to identify this plant. I do not know how many species this genus has. I have good photos and herbarium sepcimens but all without flowers. I was too early for flowers. Contatcs with any comments, please, to [email protected].

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