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Cirsium verutum is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
E. Asia - Afghanistan to Bhutan and Burma.
Cultivated areas, forest clearings, 740 - 2200 metres[
]. Slopes, forests and forest margins at elevations of 2900 - 3900 metres in Tibet[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
An easily grown plant, succeeding in any ordinary garden soil in a sunny position[
Young shoots - cooked[
Roots - the tender roots are chewed fresh[
]. No more details are given.
A juice of the root is used to relieve fevers[
]. A paste of the root is used in the treatment of stomach disorders[
]. The fresh root is chewed to treat nosebleeds and aches in the throat, especially during the dry summer[
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.