Blue Sow Thistle (Cicerbita alpina)

Perennial
Lactuca alpina. Sonchus alpinus.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Blue Sow Thistle
Cicerbita alpina
Compositae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The leaves and milky sap were at one time often used in herbal medicine, though are seldom employed nowadays[4]. They are diuretic and are also applied externally to inflammations[4].

  • Edible Use

    Young shoots and stems – raw[4, 105]. The skin is first removed, but the shoots are still rather bitter and unpalatable[4, K].

    Older stems can also be peeled and eaten raw[105, 177, 183] but have a bitter taste[2].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in a cold frame. Only just cover the seed and do not let the compost dry out. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer. Division in spring[188]. We have found it best to pot up the clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer or following spring.
Prefers a moist well-drained humus rich neutral to acid light sandy soil and some shade[1, 187, 200]. Plants are hardy to at least -20¡c[187].
Mountainous regions of C. Europe, including Britain, from Norway to the Pyrenees.

Become ungovernable, break the chains of the matrix; grow and forage your own food and medicine.

*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.