Prickly Sow Thistle
Prickly Sow Thistle - Sonchus asper
Herb: Prickly Sow Thistle
Latin name: Sonchus asper
Medicinal use of Prickly Sow Thistle:The plant is pounded and applied as a poultice to wounds and boils.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Cultivated soil and waste places.
Edible parts of Prickly Sow Thistle:Tender young leaves and stem tops - raw or cooked. They can be added to salads or used like spinach. The young leaves have a mild agreeable flavour. The stems should be bruised and the bitter-tasting milky juice washed out before eating or cooking them. The stems have been peeled and eaten raw like celery.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - sow spring or late summer in situ.
Cultivation of Prickly Sow Thistle:Cultivated soil and waste places.
Known hazards of Sonchus asper:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.