Sonchus arvensis

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Perennial Sow Thistle

Sonchus arvensis
  • Moss, Flora of Alberta – Common
  • Global Invasive Species Database – No
  • NatureServe Rank – Medium
  • Haber, Upland – No
  • Haber, Wetland – No
  • CWF, Status & Invasive Range – Widespread, Great Lakes basin
  • Alberta Revegetation Guidelines – No
  • The Nature Conservancy – Yes
  • CBCN – No
  • AB Weed – Noxious


Can form dense stands in marshes, Willows, more often on disturbed gravelly soil. Expanding in range.

Edible: young leaves, trimmed to remove prickles, can be eaten raw or steamed. Brief parboiling in shallow water will reduce the bitterness.

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