Cirsium vulgare 

Bull thistle

Names and Myths

Cirsium from cirsos a swollen vein for which thistle was thought to be the remedy.

Vulgare common.

Natural history / Folklore

Goldfinches feed on the seeds, but ants are prevented from reaching the nectar by the hairs on the stems. Butterflies and bees also feed on its abundant blooms.17

Young leaves stems and roots can be cooked and eaten, but due to the work involved is considered as a survival food, not a choice wild green.34


June – October  Purple flower has prickly wings that guard it from predators. fields, woods and roadsides

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