About Bull Thistle

Many consider this a toxic weed due to its prickly nature. Bring some gloves if you are harvesting.

Primary use
food source

Edible parts
Root, flower buds and young flower stems with prickles removed.

Joint pain,


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.

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