Sonchus asper littoralis (Kirk) Kirk
Sonchus oleraceus littoralis Kirk
Common Name: Shore Sow Thistle
Sonchus kirkii is an erect biennial to perennial plant growing from a taproot. The stem is either unbranched or has branches above; the plant usually growing 15 - 60cm tall, occasionally to 100cm[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use.
New Zealand - North, South, Three Kings, Stewart and Chatham Islands..
Wet coastal cliffs and talus, rarely on sand or salt meadow[
]. A coastal plant, growing on cliff faces in or around damp seepages, preferring base-rich rocks. Declining in the wild due to competition from introduced species.
Succeeds in most soils in a sunny position.
Leaves - raw or cooked[
Seed - we have no information on this species but it would probably succeed from an outdoor sowing in mid spring in situ. Only just cover the seed.
If you only have a small quantity of seed then it would be safer to sow this in a cold frame in the winter. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in early summer.
Division in spring.