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Sonchus oleraceus

(Milk Thistle, Sow Thistle)

FAMILY

Asteraceae

Species

Sonchus oleraceus

Common name(s)

Milk Thistle, Sow Thistle

Flower colour; life form

Flowers yellow. Herb to about 80 cm tall, sometimes to 120 cm.

Distinguishing features

Leaves alternate, stem leaves often deeply dissected with base clasping the stem. Ray florets yellow, pappus a mixture of hairs and bristles.

Sonchus oleraceus