Herb: Cobwebby Thistle

Latin name: Cirsium occidentale

Family: Compositae

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:


100 cm
(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 20C. 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.