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Perennial Sow-thistle

Sonchus arvensis

Plant Data

Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Yellow, many petals
 
Large yellow dandelion-like flowers with dark green hairy bracts in clusters, up to 5cm wide.
Fruit:
Dark brown, oblong, flattened achenes, narrower at the base and ridged, or wrinkly. There is a pappus of white hairs present at one end.
Leaves:
The stem leaves clasp their stems and have rounded basal lobes. They are smooth with toothed margins. Slightly spiny.
Maximum Size:
150 centimetres tall
Foraging Notes:
The leaves are edible, raw or cooked. Bitter-tasting. Cook and use it like you would spinach. The stems are edible and young roots can be cooked and eaten too.
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.
Aroma:
Faintly aromatic.
Other Names:
Corn Sow-thistle, Creeping Sow-thistle, Dindle, Field Milk Thistle, Field Sow-thistle, Gutweed, Hare's Colewort, Hare's Lettuce, Hare's Palace, Swine Thistle, Swinies, Tree Sow-thistle.
Frequency (UK):
Common
Habitats:
Ditches, farmland, fens, grassland, marshes, roadsides, seaside, wasteland, waterside.