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Cirsium brevistylum - Cronq.

Common Name Indian Thistle, Clustered thistle
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Brushy and wooded slopes, in mixed evergreen forests and in coastal scrub in California[71].
Range Western N. America.
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Cirsium brevistylum Indian Thistle, Clustered thistle


Cirsium brevistylum Indian Thistle, Clustered thistle

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Cirsium brevistylum is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.8 m (6ft). The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Oil  Root  Stem
Edible Uses: Oil

Root - peeled and eaten raw or cooked[177, 256, 257]. One of the more palatable thistle roots[212]. The thick, carrot-like taproot is likely to be rich in inulin, a starch that cannot be digested by humans. This starch thus passes straight through the digestive system and, in some people, ferments to produce flatulence[K]. Stem - peeled[212]. One of the more palatable thistles[212]. The flowerheads have been chewed to obtain the nectar[257].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Fibre  Oil

The seed of all species of thistles yields a good oil by expression[4]. No details of potential yields etc are given[K]. The seed floss has been spun with yellow cedar (Chamaecyparis notkatensis) inner bark to make clothing for babies[257].

Special Uses

Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. The plant is a short-lived perennial, and is often biennial[71, 256]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. An easily grown plant, succeeding in any ordinary garden soil in a sunny position[200].

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Propagation

Seed - sow early spring or autumn in situ. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 8 weeks at 20°c.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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