Prickly Russian Thistle
Salsola kali ruthenica
Herb: Prickly Russian Thistle
Latin name: Salsola kali ruthenica
Synonyms: Salsola australis, Salsola kali tenuifolia, Salsola pestifer
Family: Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot Family)
Medicinal use of Prickly Russian Thistle:A poultice of the chewed plants has been applied to ant, bee and wasp stings. An infusion of the plant ashes has been used both internally and as a wash in the treatment of smallpox and influenza.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Sandy shores, cultivated fields and waste places in Eastern N. America. Often found in non-saline sands and as a ruderale in Europe.
Edible parts of Prickly Russian Thistle:Young leaves and stems - raw or cooked. The very young shoots are chopped up and eaten in salads, older shoots are cooked as greens or as a salty flavouring for other foods. Seed - cooked. Roasted and used as food.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - sow spring in situ. The seed has a short viability and should be stored cool over the winter.
Cultivation of Prickly Russian Thistle:Sandy shores, cultivated fields and waste places in Eastern N. America. Often found in non-saline sands and as a ruderale in Europe.
Known hazards of Salsola kali ruthenica:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.