Cirsium oleraceum

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Cirsium oleraceum
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Cynareae
Genus: Cirsium
Species: C. oleraceum
Binomial name
Cirsium oleraceum
(L.) Scop.
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Cirsium oleraceum (Cabbage thistle) is a species of thistle in the genus Cirsium, native to central and eastern Europe and Asia, where it grows in wet lowland soils.

It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 1.5 m tall, with unbranched stems or only a very few branches. The leaves are broad and ovoid, with a weakly spiny margin. The flowers are produced in dense capitula which are 2.5-4 cm diameter, pale yellow, but sometimes tinged pink.

Usage For cooking: In salads the young stems and leaves are edible, and cultivated for food in Japan and India.