72. Sow Thistle or Smooth Sow Thistle

No 72
Common Name: Sow Thistle or Smooth sow Thistle
Scientific Name: Sonchus oleraceus
Irish Name: Bleachtán mín
Family: Asteraceae
Habitat: fields, pastures, roadsides, gardens and edges of yards, areas adjacent to buildings, construction sites, and waste places
Uses: Has some medicinal uses. The leaves, flowers and roots are edible. These are best consumed when the plant is young because the older it gets the more bitter it becomes. Leaf spines need to be removed

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