Cabbage Thistle - Cirsium oleraceum
Herb: Cabbage Thistle
Latin name: Cirsium oleraceum
Synonyms: Cnicus oleraceus
Edible parts of Cabbage Thistle:Young leaves - cooked and used as a vegetable. Root - cooked. Harvested before the plant flowers, it was formerly used as a table vegetable. 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.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Marshes, fens, streamsides and wet woods in Britain, avoiding acid soils.
Other uses of Cabbage 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. Division in spring or autumn.
Cultivation of Cabbage Thistle:Marshes, fens, streamsides and wet woods in Britain, avoiding acid soils.
Medicinal use of the herb:None known
Known hazards of Cirsium oleraceum:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.