Cirsium vulgare

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Bull Thistle

Cirsium vulgare
  • Moss, Flora of Alberta – Common
  • Global Invasive Species Database – No
  • NatureServe Rank – Medium
  • Haber, Upland – No
  • Haber, Wetland – No
  • CWF, Status & Invasive Range – No
  • Alberta Revegetation Guidelines – No
  • The Nature Conservancy – Yes
  • CBCN – No
  • AB Weed – No


Moist areas in grassland, Rose-Buckbrush, Aspen woods and Willows

Edible: first year roots can be eaten raw, boiled, or roasted. They may be best pared, and are nutricious but bland.

[1] Link to USDA Plants Database for Cirsium vulgare (Savi) Ten.

[2] Link to NatureServe information for Cirsium vulgare - (Savi) Ten. Bull Thistle

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Szczawinski & Turner, Edible Garden Weeds of Canada, ISBN 0-88902-752-8