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Cirsium eriophorum - (L.)Scop.

Common Name Wooly Thistle
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Grassland, open scrub and roadsides on calcareous soils[12, 17].
Range Central Europe, from Britain, France and Holland to the Balkans and Upper Volga
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Cirsium eriophorum Wooly Thistle


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Cirsium eriophorum is a BIENNIAL growing to 1.5 m (5ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from Jul to September, and the seeds ripen from Aug to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has 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

Carduus eriophorus. Cnicus eriophorus.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Meadow; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers;  Leaves;  Oil;  Stem.
Edible Uses: Oil.

Young leaves - raw[4, 183]. Young stems - raw or cooked. An asparagus or rhubarb substitute[4, 12, 183]. The stems are peeled and soaked in water to remove the bitterness, they are then said to be excellent eating[4, 183]. Flower buds - cooked. A globe artichoke substitute[2, 177, 183] but much smaller and even more fiddly.

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Oil;  Tinder.

The seed fluff is used as a tinder[106]. 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].

Propagation

Seed - sow early spring or autumn in situ. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 8 weeks at 20°c.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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