Herb latin name: Cirsium virginianum


Family: Compositae



Edible parts of Cirsium virginianum:

Root - cooked. 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:



Plant:
Biennial


Height:
120 cm
(4 feet)

Habitat of the herb:

Wet pineland, sphagnum or peaty bogs, swales and clearings on coastal plain.

Other uses of Cirsium virginianum:

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.

Cultivation of Cirsium virginianum:

Wet pineland, sphagnum or peaty bogs, swales and clearings on coastal plain.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Cirsium virginianum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.