About Bull Thistle
Many consider this a toxic weed due to its prickly nature. Bring some gloves if you are harvesting.
Root, flower buds and young flower stems with prickles removed.
Foraging Plant information list
This is not a complete list, this is a list of the species I have directly witnessed in my travels here in Northwest Ontario. If you find something before I do, email me and let me know.
Joe Pye Weed
Creeping Charlie (Ground Ivy)
Clover (Sweet White)
New England Aster
Saskatoon (Service berry)
Squashberry (Low bush Cranberry)
Flowers in its second year, first year is a distinct Rosette of prickly leafs. The solitary flowers produced at the end of a tall central stalk are purple “tufts” at the top of the seed pod.
Where to look
Along roadsides/disturbed areas, they enjoy sun and a multitude of soil types. Driving bush roads where the roadsides are cut back regularly provide great habitat. Field edges, overgrown fields.