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Wooly Thistle (Cirsium eriophorum)

Biennial
Carduus eriophorus. Cnicus eriophorus.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Wooly Thistle
Cirsium eriophorum
Compositae

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

    Young leaves – raw[4, 183].

    Young stems – raw or cooked. An asparagus or rhubarb substitute[4, 12, 183]. The stems are peeled and soaked in water to remove the bitterness, they are then said to be excellent eating[4, 183].

    Flower buds – cooked. A globe artichoke substitute[2, 177, 183] but much smaller and even more fiddly.

  • 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.
An easily grown plant, succeeding in any ordinary garden soil in a sunny position[200].
Central Europe, from Britain, France and Holland to the Balkans and Upper Volga

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