Numerous bees, beetles and butterflies are attracted to the flowers of field thistle which produce copious nectar. Finches, small mammals and insects eat the seeds. Many other species will also use other plant parts for food, including the leaves, stems, roots,
flower heads. Field thistle, like other Cirsium species, has edible roots, inner stems, young leaves, young inner parts of flower buds and seeds. Native Americans used a paste of the roots for treating wounds, boils, and piles, and also used an infusion of the root for treating stomach ache.
October 4th, 2020
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