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Tuberous Thistle (Cirsium tuberosum)

Carduus bulbosum. Carduus tuberosus. Cnicus tuberosus.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Tuberous Thistle
Cirsium tuberosum

The seed fluff is used as a tinder[106].

The seed of all species of thistles yields a good oil by expression[4]. No details of potential yields etc are given[K].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Root – cooked[61, 177]. It can be stored overwinter[46, 105]. A slight bitterness but acceptable, it makes a reasonable cooked vegetable[K]. Sometimes, however, the root seems to be very aromatic and is then less than pleasant[K]. The root is 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].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow early spring or autumn in situ. Germination usually takes place within 2 – 8 weeks at 20¡c[164]. Division in spring or autumn. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer or following spring.
An easily grown plant, succeeding in any ordinary garden soil in a sunny position[200]. Plants are tolerant of considerable neglect, though they produce much better roots when given a good soil and some attention[K].
Western and central Europe, including Britain.

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