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Marsh Thistle

Cirsium palustre

Plant Data

Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Loose clusters of purple flowers, occasionally white. Purple bracts, up to 1.5cm.
Fruit:
Flat, shiny achene (seed) with a feathery tuft of hairs (pappus) at one end.
Leaves:
The leaves are alternately arranged along the stems. The pinnate leaves are very prickly and deeply lobed. Similar looking to Creeping Thistle but Marsh Thistle has got prickly stems. The stems of Creeping Thistle are smooth.
Maximum Size:
2 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves, stems, shoots and flower stalks can all be eaten, raw or cooked.
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:
European Marsh Thistle, European Swamp Thistle, Marsh Plume Thistle, Swamp Thistle.
Habitats:
Ditches, farmland, fens, heathland, marshes, meadows, riversides, swamps, waterside, wetland, woodland.