sonchus asper


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Related to sonchus asper: Sonchus oleraceus, Sonchus arvensis
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sow thistle

sow thistle

Somewhat similar leaves to dandelion, the main distinction being a fat triangle on the leaf tips, more aggressive jagged leaves and a tall stem with sharp jagged leaves randomly growing all the way up the stem, which can have multiple yellow flower heads on top, similar to dandelions. Can grow taller than a person. Leaves sometimes seem to have a white powder on them. The main stem is a large hollow 5-sided shaft with milky white sap. The spiny version is much more aggressive looking with wild spiny edges. Young leaves can be eaten raw in salad, but when they get older and more aggressive, then best in smoothies or softened by steaming or cooking. Leaf tea used to calm nerves and relax. Root tea used for lung conditions like bronchitis, asthma, cough. The white stem latex said to be used for eye infections, skin cancer, warts, moles.
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Host plant(s): Althea rosea (3, 6, 7, 11, 13, 14); Amaranthus viridis (6, 7); Chenopodum album (6, 7); Bidens biternata (11, 14); Conyza canadensis (3,11); Coriandrum sativum (11); Dendranthema indicum (3, 6, 7, 11, 14); Euphorbia prostrata (6); Parthenium hysterophorus (1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13, 15); Solanum nigrum (6, 7, 10) and Sonchus asper (3, 6, 7, 11).
Host plant(s): Althea rosea (3, 6, 7,11); Amaranthus viridis (6, 7); Conyza canadensis (11); Rumex acetosa (1, 2, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14); Plantago major (13, 14); Galinosoga perviflora (11); Parthenium hysterophorus (1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 14); Sonchus asper (3, 6, 7, 11); Tagetes minuta (12); Taxaracum officinale (6, 7) and Withiana somnifera (6, 7).
(6); Parthenium hysterophorus (1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 11); Plantago major (10, 13, 14); Solanum nigrum (6, 7, 10); Sonchus asper (3, 6, 7, 11); Tagetes minuta (11); Taraxacum officinale (6, 7) and Vicia sativa (6).
Host plant(s): Althea rosea (6, 7, 11); Galinosoga perviflora (11); Ricinus communis (11); Rosa indica (3, 6, 7, 11); Rosa chinensis (1, 2, 3,4, 5, 6, 7, 8,9, 11, 12,13, 14, 15); Rumex acetosa (1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 11); Sonchus asper (3, 6, 7, 11); Sonchus oleraceous (6, 7, 11); Tagetes minuta (11) and Viola biflora (8, 11).
Host plant(s): Althea rosea (6, 7, 11); Amaranthus viridis (6, 7); Chenopodum album (3, 6, 7, 11); Conyza canadensis (11); Galinosoga perviflora (11); Tagetes minuta (11); Dendranthema indicum (6, 7, 11); Bidens bitternata (11); Plantago major (13); Ricinus communis (11); Rumex acetosa (1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 11); Solanum nigrum (6, 7); Sonchus asper (11); Sonchus oleraceous (2, 3, 6, 7, 11) and Viola bioflora (8, 11).
Host plant(s): Sonchus asper (14) and Bidens biternata (6).
Host plant(s): Sonchus asper (7) and Tagetes minuta (11).