Herb: Cobwebby Thistle
Latin name: Cirsium occidentale
Edible parts of Cobwebby Thistle:Root - cooked. A pleasant taste after prolonged boiling. 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. Stem - peeled and eaten raw.
Description of the plant:
(3 1/4 foot)
Habitat of the herb:Sandy places by the coast and into the nearby hills.
Other uses of Cobwebby Thistle: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. Division in spring or autumn.
Cultivation of Cobwebby Thistle:Sandy places by the coast and into the nearby hills.
Medicinal use of the herb:None known
Known hazards of Cirsium occidentale:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.