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Common Name: Bristly Ox-Tongue
Picris echioides is a Annual/Biennial up to 0.90 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
S. Europe. Possibly native but certainly established in Britain.
Roadsides, hedgebanks, field margins and waste places, usually on stiff and calcareous soils[
|Pollinators||Bees, Flies, apomictic
Succeeds in most soils[
]. Dislikes shade.
Wild plants are an indicator of calcareous soils[
Seed is often produced apomictically[
]. Any seedlings from this seed will be genetically identical to the parent plant.
Young leaves - raw or cooked[
]. Not wonderful raw, the leaves are slightly better cooked[
]. A rather bitter flavour[
Seed - sow spring in situ, only just covering the seed. Germination should take place quite quickly.