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Sonchus asper - (L.)Hill.

Common Name Prickly Sow Thistle, Spiny sowthistle
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Cultivated soil and waste places[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, south and east from Scandanavia to N. Africa, N. and W. Asia.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Sonchus asper Prickly Sow Thistle, Spiny sowthistle


Sonchus asper Prickly Sow Thistle, Spiny sowthistle

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Sonchus asper is a ANNUAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from June to August, and the seeds ripen from July to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, hoverflies.
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.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves;  Stem.
Edible Uses:

Tender young leaves and stem tops - raw or cooked[105, 144, 153, 161, 272]. They can be added to salads or used like spinach[183]. The young leaves have a mild agreeable flavour[217]. The stems should be bruised and the bitter-tasting milky juice washed out before eating or cooking them[183]. The stems have been peeled and eaten raw like celery[257].

Medicinal Uses



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Poultice.

The plant is pounded and applied as a poultice to wounds and boils[240, 272].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Succeeds in most soils in a sunny position. This plant has been cultivated for its edible leaves by the Maoris in New Zealand[153].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring or late summer in situ.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Sonchus arvensisField Milk Thistle, Field sowthistle, Moist sowthistle21
Sonchus brachyotus 11
Sonchus kirkiiShore Sow Thistle10
Sonchus oleraceusSow Thistle, Common sowthistle22
Sonchus tenerrimusClammy Sow Thistle, Slender sowthistle10

 

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Botanical References

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