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Common Name: Cobwebby Thistle
Cirsium occidentale is a Biennial up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
South-western N. America - Oregon, California and Nevada.
Sandy places by the coast and into the nearby hills[
]. Coastal scrub, chaparral, oak woodlands, stabilized dunes and roadsides from sea level to 200 metres[
|Pollinators||Bees, Flies, Lepidoptera, Beetles, Self
An easily grown plant, succeeding in any ordinary garden soil in a sunny position[
This species is not very frost hardy and is unlikely to succeed outdoors away from the mildest areas of Britain[
A polymorphic species, a number of varieties are recognised[
Closely related to C. coulteri[
], it hybridizes with that species in the wild[
Root - cooked[
]. A pleasant taste after prolonged boiling[
]. The root is likely to be rich in inulin, a starch that cannot be digested by humans. This starch thus passes straight through the digestive system and, in some people, ferments to produce flatulence[
Stem - peeled and eaten raw[
The seed of all species of thistles yields a good oil by expression[
]. No details of potential yields etc are given[
Seed - sow early spring or autumn in situ. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 8 weeks at 20°c[
Division in spring or autumn.