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Common Name: Pale Thistle
Cirsium parryi is a Biennial up to 1.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
South-western N. America - Arizona, Colrado and New Mexico.
Stream banks, montane meadows, damp soil in montane coniferous forests at elevations of 2100 - 3700 metres[
|Pollinators||Bees, Flies, Lepidoptera, Beetles, Self
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[
Seed - cooked[
]. It can be eaten boiled or ground into a powder and used with cereal flours to make bread etc[
The roots are diuretic[
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.