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Bristly Oxtongue

Helminthotheca echioides

Plant Data

Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Pale yellow dandelion-like flowers in clusters with bracts spreading outwards a little.
Fruit:
Small, pale brown and with slender parachute-like tufts of soft white hair coming out from its end.
Leaves:
Alternate leaves, in a rosette. The leaves are bristly and covered in many small raised bumps, almost looking as if it has some kind of disease. Each bump has a hooked hair emerging from it.
Maximum Size:
80cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The young leaves are edible raw or cooked. Not great tasting and they don't look too appealing with all those spiny bumps, or blisters over them.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Bitterweed, Ragweed.
Habitats:
Cliffs, farmland, hedgerows, meadows, roadsides, seaside, walls, wasteland.