Sonchus is a prime example of a “DYC” among botanists: a “Damned Yellow Compositae.” They are so named because of the difficulty in differentiating species within the family. Traditionally used similar to dandelion. Predominant in the fallow period, it uses vital stored soil moisture during this Sonchus oleraceus, with many common names including common sowthistle, sow thistle, smooth sow thistle, annual sow thistle, hare's colwort, hare's thistle, milky tassel, milk thistle, soft thistle, or swinies, is a plant in the dandelion tribe within the daisy family.It is native to Europe and western Asia. Common sowthistle is an increasingly important weed in Australia, especially in cropping systems. Sonchus oleraceus), also known as milk thistle, is widespread across the grain-growing regions of Queensland and northern New South Wales. See Habitat. Sonchus oleraceus is a common weed in Brazil, also used as a medicinal plant. Phytochemical prospecting of this species was carried out in this work using extracts obtained in ethanol, water and dichloromethane. Sonchus oleraceus is a plant whose various parts are used medicinally to treat diarrhea, menstrual problems, fever, inflammation, and warts.Known also as common sow thistle, it has been used as an abortifacient because it encourages menstruation, and it also has been used as a cathartic, a sedative, a cancer treatment, a vermicide and an aid for toothaches. S. oleraceus has been consumed for peoples in many parts of the world as a salad vegetable and pot herb. The three common ones are Sonchus oleraceus, (SON-kus oh-ler-AY-see-us ) Sonchus Asper (SON-kus ASS-pur) and Sonchus arvensis (SON-kus ar-VEN-sis.) Sonchus oleraceus, or Sowthistle, is a genus of annual herbs, considered a winter and summer weed, and includes several species that are common in nurseries and landscapes. Common sowthistle is ranked as the 5th most difficult weed to control in winter crops. This is such a versatile vegetable; cook like spinach, Puha Sonchus oleraceus add to stir-fries, pizzas, juices or smoothies, or use in salads, including Asian-style, as this recipe from Anna Wilde provides. Sowthistle uses stored soil water during fallows and interferes with crop harvest, adding green matter to harvested grain. In Africa and elsewhere. The species can overlap the winter and summer annual categories. SONCHUS OLERACEUS: I have been wanting to write about the Sow thistle for a while since it is one of the most common edible weeds around us. A toxicity study of the aqueous extract was also conducted, using the micro crustaceous Artemia salina. Annual sow thistles (S. oleraceus and S. asper) have many uses as human food and as medicines and herbs in Africa, and Asia where they are also used for feeding cattle and other livestock. The aqueous extract presented sugar reducers, phenolic compounds, … The Oleraceus has green leaves with a bit of blue, Delta- arrow-shaped end lobes and distinctly pointed lobes where it clasps the stem. The edibility of Sonchus species is probably known since antiquity, being already declared by Dioscorides in the first century, who recognized two kinds of sónkhos, one more rough and prickly, the other more tender and edible, probably Sonchus asper and S. oleraceus, respectively. Puwha and Sesame Salad 1 large bunch of leafy greens such as puwha, ¼ cup ground sesame seeds, 1-2 Tbsp shoyu (good quality soy sauce). They are respectfully the common sow thistle, the spiny sow thistle and the field sow thistle. (Sonchus oleraceus) as a target for biological control in Australia. Uses Top of page. My Swedish sense of perfection has hindered me up until now. 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