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White Thistle (Cirsium hookerianum)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
White Thistle
Cirsium hookerianum
Compositae

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[105, 161, 177]. Boiled as a vegetable, or added to soups and stews[257]. It can also be dried and stored for later use[257]. The root 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].

  • 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].
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. It is a short-lived perennial[60]. 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].
Western N. America – British Columbia to Alaska and south to Washington.

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