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Cirsium vulgare

Cirse à feuilles lancéolées
Spear Thistle

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

pink

Flower size

25-50 mm

Flowering months

July,

August,

September,

October

Leaf type

Pinnatisect

Height

60-150 cm

Description

Cirsiums are known as plume thistles. The plant has spiny wings the whole length of the stem. Flower bracts are spiny, straight and become yellow-tipped.

Grassy and waste places, disturbed ground, roadsides, orchards and olive groves.

Flowers

Flower heads are pink-purple in flat-topped clusters.

Leaves

Pinnatisect leaf is deeply lobed, almost to the central midrib. Spear-shaped lobes almost to central midrib, serrated and spiny.

Fruits Seeds

Achene: a cluster of small, 1-seeded fruit, feathery, with fine hairs.

Edible

Stem: peeled, steamed and boiled. Taproot (70 cm) in its first year, raw or cooked.

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