Cirsium calcicola Nakai
Cnicus dipsacolepis Maxim.
Cirsium dipsacolepis is a prickly, herbaceous perennial plant growing from a thickened, carrot-shaped rootstock; it produces a basal rosette of leaves and an erect, sometimes ranched stem that can be 50 - 100cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials. It is cultivated for its edible root in Japan[
E. Asia - central Japan.
In sunny, xeric herbal stands of the temperate zones[ at elevations from 200 - 1,000 metres[
|Other Uses Rating||
|Pollinators||Bees, Flies, Lepidoptera, Beetles, Self
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Cirsium species are generally easily grown plants, succeeding in any ordinary garden soil in a sunny position[
Root - cooked[
]. The root is thickened and carrot-shaped[
]. It 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[
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.