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Sonchus acaulis

Sonchus acaulis

The first time we saw Sonchus acaulis it occurred to us that this was the most ornamental thistle we had ever seen.

Of course its really another wonderful plant from Tenerife, and yes it is rare in cultivation. Also known as "Cerrja" which is name that seems to apply to many of the Sonchus species.

Wonderful bright yellow flowers, (see picture right) a little like a highly exaggerated dandelion, the foliage reminds us of a thistle.

A basel rosette of olive green serrated leaves can reach nearly 1m in circumference, attractive in themselves.

In spring the flowers rise well above the foliage and seem to last for weeks.