Herb: Welted Thistle


Latin name: Carduus crispus


Family: Compositae



Medicinal use of Welted Thistle:

The root is alterative and anodyne.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Biennial


Height:
90 cm
(2 feet)

Flovering:
May to
August

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.