Herb: Welted Thistle
Latin name: Carduus crispus
Medicinal use of Welted Thistle:The root is alterative and anodyne.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Waste ground, cultivated fields and roadsides in Japan.
Edible parts of Welted Thistle:Young leaves - cooked. An emergency food, used when all else fails.
Other uses of the herb:The seed of all species of thistles yields a good oil by expression. No details of potential yields etc are given.
Propagation of Welted Thistle:Seed - sow spring in situ.
Cultivation of the herb:Waste ground, cultivated fields and roadsides in Japan.
Known hazards of Carduus crispus:The root may be slightly toxic.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.