Herb: Wooly Thistle
Latin name: Cirsium eriophorum
Synonyms: Carduus eriophorus, Cnicus eriophorus
Edible parts of Wooly Thistle:Young leaves - raw. Young stems - raw or cooked. An asparagus or rhubarb substitute. The stems are peeled and soaked in water to remove the bitterness, they are then said to be excellent eating. Flower buds - cooked. A globe artichoke substitute but much smaller and even more fiddly.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Grassland, open scrub and roadsides on calcareous soils.
Other uses of Wooly Thistle:The seed fluff is used as a tinder. The seed of all species of thistles yields a good oil by expression. No details of potential yields etc are given.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - sow early spring or autumn in situ. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 8 weeks at 20°C.
Cultivation of Wooly Thistle:Grassland, open scrub and roadsides on calcareous soils.
Medicinal use of the herb:None known
Known hazards of Cirsium eriophorum:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.