Sonchus oleraceus

Sonchus oleraceus (L.) L.

Asteraceae (Compositae)

  • Annual Sow-thistle
  • Common Sow-thistle
  • Smooth Sow-thistle
  • `ilk kheil علك خيل
  • ju'did جعضيض
  • khas barri خس بري
  • lubbein لبين
  • uqhowan اقحوان
  • מְרוֹר הַגִּנּוֹת
  • meror ha-ginot


  • Cultivated areas (weeds)
  • Disturbed habitats

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Sonchus oleraceus (L.) L.

Medicinal Complaints / Uses
System/State Traditional
Activity / Interpretation Traditional
Preparation/ Administration
Parts Used Source
Wound Healing



Apply aerial parts as poultice to affected area.

Aerial parts B

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Sonchus oleraceus contains saponins & alkaloids which can be toxic & triterpene ursolic acid, a COX-2 inhibitor which can cause Na & water retention & high K levels. May cause kidney damage.