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Cirsium vulgare

Cotyledon- and 2 to 3-leaf bull thistle seedlings.

Bull thistle flower.

Young bull thistle rosette.

  • The Latin name 'Cirsium' is a corruption of the Greek 'kirsos', which roughly translates to 'swollen vein' and describes the result of being pricked by this spiny plant.

  • Bull thistle roots are sold commercially in Australia for rabbit bait.

  • Some people find roots and young leaves tasty, providing the spines are removed.