A SPECIES OF: Sowthistles
ALSO KNOWN AS: Prickly Sowthistle, Rough Sowthistle, Rough Milkthistle, Sharp-fringed Sowthistle
BOTANICAL NAME: Sonchus Asper
SYMBOLISM: Strength, Protection, and Hex Breaking.
DESCRIPTION: Sonchus Asper is an annual or bi-annual herb sometimes reaching a height of 7 feet. With spiny leaves and yellow flowers resembling those of the dandelion. The leaves are bluish-green, simple, lanceolate, with wavy and sometimes lobed margins, covered in spines on both the margins and beneath. The base of the leaf surrounds the stem.
NAME STORY: Spiny Sowthistle: All the plants from the Sonchus Genus are called sowthistle. To differentiate all the different species, the name will emphasize their unique characteristics. For example, the edges of the leaves are serrated and the back of the leaves are spiny featured. Hence, it is called spiny sowthistle.
INTERESTING FACTS: Invasive Status: Spiny sowthistle is an invasive weed native to Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia. It is widely distributed around the world, regarded as an invasive species by Australia, the U.S., China, etc.