Germination: surface sow and keep moist, requires light for germination
Discover the versatile Sonchus oleraceus, commonly known as common sowthistle, a member of the daisy family that shares a tribe with the renowned dandelion. Native to Europe and Western Asia, this annual herb flaunts a hollow, upright stem that grows up to 4 ft tall and adorns itself with uniquely shaped, nutritious leaves. These leaves have carved a niche in the culinary scene as they are enjoyed as salad greens or cooked like spinach. Its substantial nutritive qualities reveal bountiful amounts of Vitamin C and other essential nutrients. The plant's herbal uses mirror those of the dandelion, and the early Māori people held it high for its contributions to food and medicine. Despite it being an invasive species in certain regions, Sonchus oleraceus can easily be controlled due to its inability to regrow from root fragments. Savour this multifaceted herb for its good taste rooted in its scientific name, oleraceus, and appreciate its attractive powers to swine, encapsulated in its common name, sow thistle. Experience Sonchus oleraceus, the dandelion's fascinating cousin.