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Dwarf Thistle

Cirsium acaule

Plant Data

Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Solitary purple flower with greenish-purple bracts, up to 4cm.
Fruit:
A flat, shiny achene with a pappus of feathery hairs at the end.
Leaves:
Basal rosette leaves only. The unstalked leaves are wavy-edged and very prickly.
Maximum Size:
20cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves are edible, raw or cooked. The prickles would need to be removed first.
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:
Picnic Thistle, Stemless Thistle.
Habitats:
Farmland, grassland, heathland.