Perennial Sow Thistle
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Taken at Musselburgh on 13th August 2017 using Panasonic Lumix LX5
in macro mode.




 


 
 
 

Taken at Ardmore Point on 15th September 2017 using Panasonic Lumix LX5
in macro mode.
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Perennial Sow Thistle.
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Family:
Habit:
AKA:
Sonchus arvensis.
Asteraceae.
Perennial herb.
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Waste ground, river and stream margins, roadsides.
July - October
Up to 1.5 mts tall.
The leaves are used as a poultice and are said to have anti-inflammatory properties. An infusion of the leaves has been used in the treatment of caked breasts. A tea made from the roots is used in the treatment of asthma, coughs and other chest complaints. A tea made from the leaves is said to calm the nerves.