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Prickly Sow-thistle (Sonchus asper)

Observed: 19th June 2012 By: Rags
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Purple stemmed thistle with waxy leaves seen in Oxfordshire.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Prickly Sow-thistle (Sonchus asper) interacts


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Prickly Sow-thistle

I.d. note; Rounded auricles to the leaves. annual/ biennial with tap-root surrounded by fibrous roots not a creeping root which throws up new plants.


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Prickly Sow-thistle (Sonchus asper)

Thanks for your ID. Some of those thistles are tricky.

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Were the leaves prickly to the touch ?

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Leaves not prickly on the surface - only around the edges. They were quite waxy.