Thistle (Sonchus)

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  1.   1.  Types
    1.   1.1  Sharp Sow Thistle (Sonchus asper)
    2.   1.2  Sow Thistle (Sonchus oleraceus)
    3.   1.3  Sow Thistle (Sonchus arvensis)
    4.   1.4  Obtaining
    5.   1.5  Uses
  2.   2.  More
  3.   3.  'Souls
Common Name Thistle
Latin Name Sonchus (genus)
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1.  Types

All three types are yellow-flowering and somewhat similar.

1.1  Sharp Sow Thistle (Sonchus asper)

A plant with spiny leaves and yellow flowers resembling those of the dandelion, it has sharp spines. Many report irritations ranging from burning sensations to severe rashes. Hands should be rinsed immediately after handling the plant, as the chemical irritant can spread easily via contact to other parts of the body, in a similar way to poison ivy.

1.2  Sow Thistle (Sonchus oleraceus)

Prefers full sun, and can tolerate most soil conditions. Beneficial and attractive to pigs, hare and rabbits.

1.3  Sow Thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

The leaves are bluish-green, simple, lanceolate, with wavy and sometimes lobed margins, covered in spines on both the margins and beneath.

1.4  Obtaining

  • Extremely Common (wild growth): Though rampant throughout various parts of 'Souls, all types of these annuals are invasive.

1.5  Uses

  • In traditional medicine, the plant has medicinal qualities, having "nearly the same properties as Dandelion and Chicory."

2.  More

3.  'Souls

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