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Common Name: Welted Thistle
Carduus crispus is a Biennial up to 0.90 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
The root may be slightly toxic[
Europe to Asia. A rare casual in Britain[
Waste ground, cultivated fields and roadsides in Japan[
Succeeds in a sunny position in ordinary garden soil[
This species is closely related to C. acanthoides[
Young leaves - cooked[
]. An emergency food, used when all else fails[
The root is alterative and anodyne[
The seed of all species of thistles yields a good oil by expression[
]. No details of potential yields etc are given[
Seed - sow spring in situ.