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Useful Temperate Plants

Sonchus kirkii

Hamlin

Asteraceae

+ Synonyms

Sonchus asper littoralis (Kirk) Kirk

Sonchus oleraceus littoralis Kirk

Common Name: Shore Sow Thistle

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General Information

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[
44
Title
Flora of New Zealand.
Publication
 
Author
Allan. H. H.
Website
http://floraseries.landcareresearch.co.nz/pages/Book.aspx?fileName=Flora%201.xml
Publisher
Government Printer, Wellington.
Year
1961
ISBN
-
Description
The standard work, in 5 volumes though only the first two are of interest to the plant project. Very good on habitats. There is also an on-line version.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

44
Title
Flora of New Zealand.
Publication
 
Author
Allan. H. H.
Website
http://floraseries.landcareresearch.co.nz/pages/Book.aspx?fileName=Flora%201.xml
Publisher
Government Printer, Wellington.
Year
1961
ISBN
-
Description
The standard work, in 5 volumes though only the first two are of interest to the plant project. Very good on habitats. There is also an on-line version.

Range

New Zealand - North, South, Three Kings, Stewart and Chatham Islands..

Habitat

Wet coastal cliffs and talus, rarely on sand or salt meadow[
44
Title
Flora of New Zealand.
Publication
 
Author
Allan. H. H.
Website
http://floraseries.landcareresearch.co.nz/pages/Book.aspx?fileName=Flora%201.xml
Publisher
Government Printer, Wellington.
Year
1961
ISBN
-
Description
The standard work, in 5 volumes though only the first two are of interest to the plant project. Very good on habitats. There is also an on-line version.
]. 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.

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitBiennial/Perennial
Height0.60 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Succeeds in most soils in a sunny position.

Edible Uses

Leaves - raw or cooked[
173
Title
Native Edible Plants of New Zealand.
Publication
 
Author
Crowe. A.
Publisher
Hodder and Stoughton
Year
1990
ISBN
0-340-508302
Description
A very well written and illustrated book based on the authors own experiments with living on a native diet.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

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.
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2019-09-18. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Sonchus+kirkii>

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