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Cirsium edule - Nutt.
                 
Common Name Edible Thistle
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Wet meadows and open woods in mountains[60].
Range Western N. America - southwards from Canada.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Cirsium edule Edible Thistle


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Cirsium edule Edible Thistle
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Physical Characteristics
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Cirsium edule is a PERENNIAL growing to 2 m (6ft 7in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from Jul to August, and the seeds ripen from Aug to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, flies, lepidoptera, beetles, self.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Bog Garden;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Oil;  Root;  Stem.
Edible Uses: Oil.

Root - cooked[95, 105, 161, 257]. 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[K]. Young stems - peeled and eaten raw[46, 61, 95, 105]. Soft and sweet[161], they are considered to be a luxury food[257]. Young shoots - raw or cooked as greens[257]. Harvested in spring[257].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Oil.

The seed of all species of thistles yields a good oil by expression[4]. No details of potential yields etc are given[K].
Cultivation details
An easily grown plant, succeeding in any ordinary garden soil in a sunny position[200]. A monocarpic species, it grows for a number of years without flowering but then dies after flowering[60].
Propagation
Seed - sow early spring or autumn in situ. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 8 weeks at 20°c.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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