Herb latin name: Cirsium purpuratum
Synonyms: Cnicus purpuratus
Edible parts of Cirsium purpuratum:Root - cooked. The root is rather slender and carrot shaped. It 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:
(3 1/4 foot)
Habitat of the herb:Gravelly and sandy slopes in mountains, C. Japan. On scree and sunny rocky or sandy slopes at elevations of 600 - 1600 metres.
Other uses of Cirsium purpuratum: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 Cirsium purpuratum:Gravelly and sandy slopes in mountains, C. Japan. On scree and sunny rocky or sandy slopes at elevations of 600 - 1600 metres.
Medicinal use of the herb:None known
Known hazards of Cirsium purpuratum:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.